Tottenham’s Conference League tale of disaster awaits its latest twist | Tottenham Hotspur

NSven Now, at this distance, the video keeps all the shock values; Black comedy seamlessly mingles with schadenfreude. Spurs had lost 1-0 to Paços de Ferreira on August 19 in the first leg of the Europa League Conference Ligue, which was a boost for the Portuguese club. once again.

After the draw was made, Paços . was loaded Clip for two of their fans Discuss the meeting with the London giant. Which one was it? They went through everything possible, deliberately ignoring the spurs, until they were told that it was indeed them. “Oh, those guys… we can easily defeat Spurs,” they say, before bumping their beer bottles together.

Now, with their victory, came who – which Tik Tok video. It was not handed over by the club this time, but rather endorsed it with a follow-up comment. The mascot showed Paços, a giant beaver, circling suggestively behind his Spurs counterpart, a giant cockerel, as one fan similarly did to their right.

Needless to say, Spurs haters in London and abroad loved it and instead set the tone for the club’s participation in the new UEFA Third Division competition. Spurs would have beaten the Bacchus 3-0 back to qualify for the group stage but they haven’t really been able to win so far, only to avoid humiliation at best and run hard in their fists at worst. They also often did whenever they traveled away from home.

Since that famous game, Backus has won only once all season, and if Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Rennes is acclaimed enough, the occasion has been fundamentally memorable to see Harry Kane leading the team – shortly after he failed to secure the transfer he Manchester City wanted. It was a meme player. Was Kane supposed to play in the Champions League?

Then there were the defeats at Vitesse and NS Moura, the first after former manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, left his first squad in London to rest for the weekend’s Premier League game at West Ham. The latter at the hands of the Slovenian junior side – the lowest-ranked team in the group stage – had one of the most embarrassing nights in Spurs history and prompted an angry reaction from Nuno’s successor, Antonio Conte, who said he now understood the range. of the challenge he faced.

Antonio Conte is following Tottenham's home game against Vitesse, who is upset that Tottenham's last game in the group stage has been postponed.
Antonio Conte is following Tottenham’s home game against Vitesse, who is upset that Tottenham’s last game in the group stage has been postponed. Photo: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images

Criticism from within and outside the club has been a recurring theme. Midfielder Harry Winks noted that the selection of Nuno at Vitesse was divisive. “We are supposed to be a team,” he said. “Everyone has to fight for the weekend matches and it’s tough.” “The motive should be for everyone to fight for the same cause.”

And now Spurs find themselves under criticism from Rennes and even Vitesse for asking to postpone Thursday night’s final group game at home to Rennes as they are bogged down by the impact of the Covid outbreak, which has forced them to shut down the first-team area. training ground.

Rennes, who has already finished first, is furious about being made to travel and then not play, speaking of the impression that Spurs are still above UEFA’s threshold with 13 senior players available (including one goalkeeper).

Meanwhile, Vitesse, who is tied on points with Tottenham in their fight for second place and a place in a two-game playoff to reach the last 16, is unhappy that he must play Thursday night at home to Moura while their opponent awaits. That’s because the goal difference is likely to be the difference between the two teams. Vitesse points out that Tottenham sent a B-team to play with them. Why didn’t they do that against Rin?

To repeat, Spurs have been devastated by a dreadful illness, they are out of work, wracked by uncertainty, yet they continue to suck up bullets.

Maximilian Wittek of Vitesse scores the goal that beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Netherlands.
Maximilian Wittek of Vitesse scores the goal that beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Netherlands. Photo: Peter de Jong / AP

The club’s conference league campaign has been a disaster from the start and yet it is not over. But for odd fate, they’ll already be starring at the exit in the potential event of Vitesse’s home win against Moura. Tottenham’s away result against the Dutch club was a 1-0 loss before they beat them 3-2 at home, which means they are tied in the first tiebreak in terms of points, goal difference and goals scored.

Previously, the greater number of Vitesse away goals in matches between clubs gave them the advantage but UEFA has scrapped this rule this season and now moves to goal difference and then goals scored in all group matches. If that doesn’t separate them, away goals in all matches will play out (Vitis has more). At the moment, though, Tottenham’s overall goal difference is better by two goals.

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Thus when Spurs play the re-arranged Rennes match, they remain in the driving seat to advance in the competition they did not want to enter; To add up to nine more games in the second half of their season – at a time when Conte plans to push to finish the league in the top four.

Aside from the oddly confusing Thursday and Sunday session, how valuable is winning the Conference League? To many onlookers, he wrote in the stars that Tottenham will reach the final and face Roma, who is managed by their former coach Jose Mourinho. In all available evidence, they should be wary of what they wish for.

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