Tottenham Hotspur may well be relieved to only be a goal behind following the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie against Ajax, having been dominated by the Dutch club for large periods of the game.
Hopes would have been high that Spurs could have taken an advantage to Amsterdam for the second leg pre-match, but without Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane it was always going to be a difficult task in the final third.
The north London outfit’s faithful would have been looking towards Dele Alli to step forward and take the game by the scruff of the neck to try and provide that goal threat, but he failed to do as his disappointing personal 2018/19 season continued.
The 23-year-old visibly doesn’t have the confidence and swagger that he has shown in the past, and he clearly needs it to return if he wants to be one of the best and most influential players on the pitch again.
The former MK Dons man was photographed after the final whistle with a face of thunder – a picture that certainly paints a thousand words.
The England international would have been frustrated with the result clearly, but the image also indicates that he was unhappy with his own display as well.
Successive defeats on their own patch against West Ham United and Ajax have left Tottenham and their players in a low place, but they still have a chance to turn things around and make this one of the most successful seasons in the club’s history.