Tottenham Hotspur wrapped up an impressive Europa League group stage with a comfortable 2-0 win over Antwerp on Thursday night.
Jose Mourinho’s side needed a strong performance to ensure first place and a seeded position in the draw for the next round and that’s exactly what the Spurs manager got from a number of players.
✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCE
The only reason the match finished 2-0 was because of the heroics from Ali Reza Beiranvand between the posts for Antwerp. While Joe Hart struggled to even get a touch of the ball up one end of the park, Beiranvand was kept busy with eight saves and was desperately unlucky for Tottenham’s first goal when an exceptional save led to a rebounded finish.
❌ BAD PERFORMANCE
Although Antwerp were by no means a bad side and for much of the game cause Tottenham all sorts of concern, there’s no doubt that the hosts targeted and tried to take advantage of a poor performance from Abdoulaye Seck.
The central defender was booked in the first half for struggling to keep up with the speed of the game and it was Seck who brought down his opposite man to bring about the free-kick that ultimately led to Tottenham’s first game.
⭐ STAR MAN
No Tottenham player managed more shots or dribbles against their Belgian opponents on the night than Lo Celso, and the midfielder also completed more passes in the final third than any of his teammates.
However, the 24-year-old midfielder’s most important contribution was undoubtedly his goal in the second half, when he latched on to the ball inside the Antwerp box and drilled a low shot inside the left post.
On a night that was undoubtedly set up for some of Mourinho’s back-up players to show their worth, this was definitely a game that Lo Celso took full advantage of.