The loss in Kazan last night has left Spurs needing to avoid defeat in their next two games against PAOK and Shamrock Rovers if they are to stand a chance of progressing to the next round of 32 and it raises an issue that has been burning since our Europa League qualification was assured.
The manager has never been shy in letting his feelings known about the validity of this competition and words such as annoyance and irritation are never far from his lips. As a result, Spurs have fielded a largely young side, with some older, fringe players thrown in to give some experience.
This has led to some mixed results and while some players have fared better than others, there have been some huge positives in the performances of youngsters such as Tom Carroll and Jake Livermore.
At times, Harry has thrown in first teamers such as Luka Modric from the bench in order to secure results but is it time now to field a starting XI that is top heavy with first team players in an attempt to guarantee our passage to the next stage?
There are probably more negatives than positives to this: On the one hand, the younger players can expect more game time in the next rounds as opposed to being loaned out to the Championship, while the best of them, Carroll included, would surely benefit from playing 90 minutes alongside the likes of Luka and Scott Parker.
Conversely, a long term injury to one of our best players while playing against Shamrock Rovers is unthinkable.
So what’s it to be – more of the same, or a stronger side in a bid to ensure qualification?