Vitesse 1-0 Tottenham: Under par Spurs beaten in Europe

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Vitesse 1-0 Tottenham: Under par Spurs beaten in Europe

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham underperformed as they were deservedly beaten in the Europa Conference League by Vitesse.

Santo made eleven changes for this game and they were beaten via Maximilian Wittek’s 78th-minute strike.

Bryan Gil hit the crossbar in the second half but this was the closest that Spurs came to scoring.

Last time played in Holland they enjoyed one of the most famous nights in their history as Lucas Moura’s hat-trick against Ajax sent them through to the Champions League final.

This time the Johan Cruijff Arena was nothing but a stop on the trainline between Amsterdam and Arnhem and that Moura miracle must seem a long time ago as Spurs now compete in the third tier of European football.

Nuno has shown the competition respect so far, but made it clear where his priorities lay, leaving the entire XI that played 90 minutes at Newcastle last weekend at home to train ahead of Sunday’s Premier League visit to the Hammers.

With the return fixture in a fortnight and then a trip to the weakest team in the competition NS Mura to come, the Portuguese decided that leaving his big guns back in London for this game was a risk worth taking.

It was a gamble because this was a big night for Vitesse, who sold out their GelreDome stadium for the first time in seven years.

Before kick-off their partisan fans held up a banner reading “For the city, the colours and our club: This is our night” and, fresh from a derby win over NEC Nijmegen at the weekend, they started with intent.

Nikolai Baden Frederiksen forced Pierluigi Gollini into a save with his feet after being played in in the third minute and then Jacob Rasmussen flashed a header just wide from a corner.

Unsurprisingly given the amount of changes, Spurs were not up to much in an attacking sense in the first half, with teenage striker Dane Scarlett up against it in a lone role in attack.

They immediately showed more after the break and were within inches of taking the lead in the 47th minute.

Giovani Lo Celso showed why he is becoming a key player for Argentina as he went on an enterprising dribble before laying it off for Gil, whose first-time shot rattled the crossbar.

That was as good as it got for Spurs who were pinned further and further back as the second half wore on, with Eli Dasa twice going close with efforts from distance, the second effort bringing a smart stop out of Gollini.

It was no surprise when the goal came 12 minutes from time as Wittek brilliantly volleyed home Dasa’s cross from the edge of the area to send the home crowd wild.

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Arsenal legend ‘worried’ about facing Villa as he questions defender

Arsenal legend David Seaman has admitted that he is “worried” about his former club’s game against Aston Villa on Friday night.

The Gunners have drawn back to back games in the Premier League. They were put on the back foot against Brighton at the AMEX Stadium before they ultimately drew 0-0.

Then in their first game back after the international break, shared the points against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.

Mikel Arteta’s side took the lead but Palace fought back to take a 2-1 lead in the second half. Alexandre Lacazette saved the Gunners late on though as he netted a stoppage-time equaliser.

Next up for Arsenal is Aston Villa. As reported by the , Seaman has questioned Ben White’s defending against Palace:

“In the end, it was an alright result [against Palace], but it wasn’t a good performance,” Seaman said.

“I think the highlight of that match was the return of Mr. Vieira, the reception he got and the fact Arsenal fans were singing his name all the way through the game which was really weird!

“We’re not creating enough, we’re having quite a bit of the ball, but we just seem to be going around their defence and it just needed a bit more cutting edge.

“When Lacazette came on it changed a lot. He had a lot more energy, was making runs. I thought [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang was really quiet.

“When you look at the goals, they’re self-inflicted. Twice we lost possession in good areas and then they’re attacking you and then two bits of defending that I thought could have been a lot better by at least getting a challenge in or showing the attacker down the right way, not onto his stronger foot.

“A lot of people questioned [Aaron] Ramsdale for the second goal on where it went in. When you see it go in the middle of the goal – okay, it was just under the crossbar – but you question that. And when you watch it again, you realise how close the striker has got to Aaron without Ben White making a challenge.

“He’s got to make that challenge outside the box. In the end he didn’t even try and get a block in.

“He got his feet muddled up and I think that’s what made the goal look a bit weird. It was so close to Aaron that he didn’t really have time to react.”

On the Villa game, Seaman added: “I must admit, I’m a little bit worried. I’m not very confident at the moment, especially with the performance I saw from Arsenal last time out against Palace.

“It’s very close but I’m going to go for 2-1 to Arsenal.”

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