Gent knockout Tottenham in Europa

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino during the press conference

Christian Eriksen put Tottenham ahead before Gent levelled through Harry Kane's own goal on the stroke of half-time.

Spurs came into Thursday's second leg at Wembley a goal down but confident of turning the tie around, with Mauricio Pochettino naming a strong side.

Ten-man Tottenham narrowly failed to qualify for the last-16 of the Europa League after being held to a 2-2 draw by Gent at Wembley.

Spurs are yet to suffer home defeat from the hands of any Belgian club they have played in this competition, winning three of their last four home encounters with a Belgian club.

"It's hard. It's not to justify him but it's a different action, he was fouled before, it was an action that was a clear foul.

But in football it happens", Pochettino said of Alli.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino during the press conference
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino during the press conference

"A penalty is not about practice, it's about personality and character and conviction - to shoot and score".

However, the Belgian side proved themselves to be more than equipped for the battle, and twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Wembley - helped, in part, by Dele Alli's sending off in the first half for an bad attempt at a tackle. "It is not confirmed, because the club has not yet confirmed, but we hope we play there next season because that will show we are very close to finishing our stadium". "That will be key - to be aggressive and try to keep patient with how we play".

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, said: "I am very disappointed".

"We weren't good enough in our finishing or our final pass".

"White Hart Lane has a smaller crowd, they are right on top of you and it is a great atmosphere - but Wembley is probably even better", he told a pre-match news conference.

"Maybe it's his perception that because he rested on Sunday [against Fulham], he's very fresh". The competition doesn't wait for you, the competition pushes you to try to give your best.

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