Andre Villas-Boas promised that Spurs would take the Europa League far more seriously this season but another lacklustre display in Maribor last night was reminiscent of some of the performances in the previous campaign.
Tottenham went behind in the first half before Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled from point blank range to take the point. Before the game, AVB said he would be happy with a draw and he maintained that stance after the match.
“We came back into the game, which is pleasant to see again and it is good for us to bounce back. It is obviously not the full result we wanted bearing in mind the draw between Lazio and Panathinaikos, but certainly we will take a point,” Andre said.
“The group is completely open. What we face now is two games at home and I think we are in a good position in the group. We are in third position. We have three games to play, there are nine points to play for.
“You see the group – it is very tight. It is not a group where the leader has run off with points.”
Spurs host Maribor next and while a current 3rd place isn’t a disaster, the next fixture is a must win game if we are to progress.