While I’ve had some factual memories looking at Tottenham Hotspur play on Thanksgiving Day in years past, in the times main as much as Thursday’s match I made up my mind that this year I would reasonably non-public a football-free Thanksgiving with family and extremely honest appropriate meals than are trying to rearrange my schedule around a football match.

It appears to be like I made a factual resolution in that regard.

Tottenham Hotspur traveled to Maribor, Slovenia to play [checks notes] NS Mura, for the time being fifth in the Slovenian Premier League, and the bottom-ranked team in the third tier Europa Convention League… and lost, 2-1. Spurs went on the help of after 11 minutes on yarn of a defensive dash (in additional than one sense of the phrase) by Davinson Sanchez that resulted in Tommy Horvat rifling a shot into the head nook past Pierluigi Gollini. Then after a half hour, Spurs were all the intention in which down to ten males after Ryan Sessegnon picked up his 2d yellow card for a rash challenge.

Spurs came help to dominate much of the 2d half, equalized by ability of Harry Kane and threatened on loads of other events, handiest to non-public all that work fully undone yet again when Mura scored a 2d time on the loss of life on a deflected shot that caromed off Davinson Sanchez yet again.

This was in overall Mura’s Grand Bowl, their Disney underdog sports actions movie, maybe their Miracle on Ice, spend your simile. The article about David vs. Goliath fits is that most steadily David in point of fact wins. Mura won the match 2-1 and Spurs’ Europa Convention League-a success campaign is now on the verge of being derailed in the team stage.

Yowza. I watched a replay in the evening over some pie and a stable cup of decaf, each of which I loved some distance, much more than the match. Here are my notes.

Match reactions

  • Let’s initiate with some factual (or no longer much less than no longer unpleasant) news: Tanguy Ndombele looked pretty factual, no longer much less than compared with loads of the opposite Tottenham performances in Maribor. Others will potentially disagree, but I mediate they’re unfavorable. Additionally conception Joe Rodon looked pretty factual and was receive of deal surprised that he was one among the four (!) subbed off in preference to Sanchez.
  • Davinson, yikes. He completed pretty much towards Leeds, so it was magnificent to eye him ranking this badly, but he was pretty unpleasant all over. Changed into placed on skates for Mura’s first blueprint (which was a banger, btw) even sooner than the dash, and whereas he was melancholy on the 2d, he also got skinned yet again. I dunno, y’all. I detest to originate sweeping statements based fully on one unpleasant efficiency, but that was no longer a factual eye.
  • Bless Harry, he tried but he couldn’t elevate this team on his help the total match, in particular all the intention in which down to ten males.
  • Dele was yet any other player who in actuality REALLY desired to provoke on Thursday and didn’t, at all. I’m a founding member of the Dele Defense League™ and am determined for him to suppose the haters unfavorable — I’ll level out two instances the put he made factual runs into enviornment and wasn’t spotted — but I’m starting to in actuality shock now if he doesn’t must leave ASAP lovely for his get sanity.
  • Bryan Gil is clearly a talented younger player, but I’m unsure the put he fits in a Conte facet.
  • Matt Doherty is lovely a depressed player, and in my head is up there with Grzegorz Rasiak, Bongani Khumalo, and David Bentley as one among Spurs’ worst ever signings.
  • Sessegnon had a nightmare sport, but I tranquil mediate he has the flexibility to be a stable performer for Spurs and I disagree strongly with the (ridiculous) kneejerk calls for him to be bought after this match. If anyone can fortify him, it’s Conte. Give him an alternative.
  • We’ll fetch into Conte’s feedback later, but suffice it to suppose he is aware of beautiful how immense a conducting he has on his hands at Spurs for the time being. Tottenham are lovely no longer very deep.
  • Rennes drew 3-3 with Vitesse this day, which would possibly’ve been wonderful news for Spurs had they won this day. Now, Rennes has clinched the team and Spurs play them at dwelling in the closing team stage match. Spurs will must match or greater Vitesse’s result towards Mura (Spurs non-public a +2 GD) in the event that they non-public to ruin out the team, and even then they are actually guaranteed a playoff series towards a third put team from the Europa League team stages.
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