Tottenham fans are likely waking up this morning with the headache only a severe hangover or an inexplicable result can induce. In some cases, it will be a mix of both – the former being a consequence of the latter.
Indeed, we’ve seen Mauricio Pochettino field weakened teams in cup competitions frequently throughout his White Hart Lane tenure, but the Lilywhites were almost at their strongest last night, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld all featuring from the start.
Nonetheless, Spurs just couldn’t get going against Belgian outfit Gent and eventually found themselves on the receiving end of a 1-0 defeat courtesy of a Jeremy Perbet winner just before the hour mark – although Kane will rue his effort that smacked against the woodwork.
Considering how impressive they’ve been in the Premier League this season, Spurs’ big names disappointed last night. But one who didn’t let himself down was Dembele – undoubtedly the best of a bad bunch at the Ghelamco Arena.
As our infographic shows, it was a busy evening for the Belgium international, taking three efforts at goal, providing three chances for his team-mates and completing six dribbles – the last two statistics being the best returns of any player involved in last night’s game.
He also weighed in defensively with one tackle and perhaps most impressively of all, recorded a 96% pass completion rate; once again, the best return of any player for either side.