A disappointing Tottenham side fell to a second defeat in all competitions this season as Royal Antwerp picked up a deserved win in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The visitors fell behind when Ben Davies was robbed of possession by Dieumerci Mbokani, who fed Lior Refaelov to lash gloriously past Hugo Lloris.
Jose Mourinho’s side struggled to create clear cut opportunities, especially in the first half after which the Portuguese manager made four changes. Despite the introductions of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min and later Harry Kane, the score remained 1-0, leaving Royal Antwerp top of Group J with six points to Tottenham‘s three.
Let’s get into some Spurs player ratings from a disappointing night in Belgium.
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 5/10 – Made a couple of saves but powerless to stop Refaelov’s thumping strike. Was his 100th European appearance for Spurs.
Serge Aurier (RB) – 5/10 – His crosses rarely hit their mark and his defending was a little all over the place. Learned nothing new about the Ivory Coast international.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – 5/10 – Another night for the Colombian where he failed to inspire much confidence. Partnership with Ben Davies looked pretty fragile throughout.
Ben Davies (CB) – 5/10 – The Welshman, on his 200th appearance for the club, was robbed for the opening goal. Refaelov and Bezua proved tricky to deal with when they linked up and Davies found himself exposed a few times.
Sergio Reguilon (LB) – 6/10 – Lost the ball a few times but wasn’t as bad his defensive colleagues. A slight slip from his usual level but he’ll pick it back up again soon enough.
Harry Winks (CM) – 4/10 – A very Harry Winks performance from the England international, which is problematic in games where Spurs fall behind and need quick decisive passing.
Dele Alli (CM) – 4/10 – Hooked at half time. Becoming harder and harder to see a way back into Mourinho’s regular starting XI, but Alli will need a run of games if he’s ever going to get back to his best and not just fed Europa League games in Spurs’ second string XI, so it’s hardly all his fault.
Giovani Lo Celso – 5/10 – Was industrious and made plenty of tackles as he looks to build up his fitness. Not many lung busting runs forward but that’ll come with time.
Gareth Bale (RW) – 5/10 – Another night for Bale to build match fitness. Was never particularly involved and evidently needs more time before he can be at his match winning best.
Carlos Vinicius (ST) – 5/10 – A few nice touches here from Vinicius, but his showing on Thursday night wasn’t akin to his performance against LASK last week. Didn’t have too much service, in fairness.
Steven Bergwijn (LW) – 5/10 – A little indecisive and took potshots from range when they weren’t on. Yet to find his feet so far this season.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6/10
Erik Lamela – 5/10
Lucas Moura – 5/10
Harry Kane – 5/10