Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1-2 Tottenham: Spurs stumble over the finish line in tricky away game

Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1-2 Tottenham Spurs stumble over the finish line in tricky away game

Tottenham picked up a 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League earlier today.

The Premier League side went behind early on in the game but they did well to come back and win it eventually.

Two late goals from Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombeleallowed the Londoners to secure the victory owing from home. 

Although it was not a convincing performance from the Premier League side, Jose Mourinho will be relatively pleased with the outcome.

Tottenham were quite poor in their season opener against Everton and they lost the game 1-0. It is evident that they will have to improve their performances a lot going forward.

The Londoners will be hoping to get back into the top four and secure Champions League football for the next season. If they do not improve on their recent performances, it is highly unlikely that they will be able to bridge the gap with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United this season.

The Londoners have had an impressive transfer window so far and they are close to signing Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.

The two players are expected to complete the formalities of the transfer tomorrow and there could be an official announcement as well.

Mourinho said: “I have to admit, everyone on their side in the stadium had a moment where they really dreamed, and we had a moment we felt a nightmare could arrive. I knew that the game would be tricky, and, as I was saying at half-time, the first half was not bad at all. I couldn’t complain much with the players, just asking them for a bit more intensity. The team was not bad at all. We created chances, we had a big penalty (appeal) that could change everything, we hit the post and we were totally dominant, but the game had this danger of a one-match knock-out, so when they scored, of course it was a risky situation. We took our risks by taking Davinson off and playing with only one defender, one against one, but at that moment I believed the players had the quality and intensity and then with Lucas, Lamela, Tanguy, we had fresh players coming from the bench to try to change it. It was a hell of an experience for the players, a match where sometimes in football miracles happen, and when you play a knock-out, only one leg, it’s the perfect scenario for a miracle to happen.”