A second consecutive draw from this season’s Europa League Campaign suggests that Spurs would need a win in Maribor next time out in order to keep pace with leaders Lazio and to help ensure qualification to the next phase.
Last night’s game was painful viewing, particularly in the second half as Panathinaikos took advantage of our inability to extend the lead. After the much, Andre Villas-Boas denied that we had been complacent about the contest.
“I don’t think we were complacent,” AVB said. “We have to give credit to Panathinaikos, they pressed much more and started to gain belief from that and that led to the goal. I think the whole team felt a bit disappointed because the first half was so positive and we were in control of situation.
“We were a bit sloppy in the second half. I understand the disappointment at not putting the game to bed, but in the end we congratulated the players because if it had been other way round, the whole perspective would have been different.”
That game in Maribor takes place on 25h October with the reverse fixture coming two weeks later at White Hart Lane.