Tottenham Hotspur are a relatively new fixture in the Champions League. Last season they dared to dream and ended up meeting Liverpool in the final of club football’s greatest competition. They fell short in the end as they unfortunately came up against the best football team in the land. Last night Spurs kicked off their Champions League campaign with a sickening 2-2 draw away to Olympiacos. It is a tough place to go but what will disappoint Mauricio Pochettino is the throwing away of a 2 goal lead. This capitulation shows how far ahead Liverpool are of the rest of the pack now.
Despite their continental foray, Spurs were well off the pace domestically in 2018/19. They finished 26 points behind Liverpool last season. The final standings showed a glaring gap between the top 2 and the best of the rest. This gap has only been emphasised this year. Top sides don’t squander 2 goal leads. This is the 2nd time this season Spurs have failed to hold on when 2 goals ahead, they also fell apart against Arsenal.
Pochettino’s men netted twice in four first half minutes. This should have been enough. Sure, Olympiacos is an intimidating ground to visit but if you want to compete on the biggest club stage of them all, you cannot throw away 2 goal advantages to less equipped sides.
Spurs conceded a sloppy pen for the equaliser and then failed to convert chances when on the front foot. With the Lilywhites desperate for a goal, Dele Alli failed to square the ball to Harry Kane for a tap in. These are errors that Spurs will have to iron out if they want to compete with the likes of Liverpool and Man City.