After a mixed Europa League campaign, Spurs just need a draw from their final match against Panathinaikos in order to guarantee progression to the final 32. Without Miroslav Klose in the Lazio side, you felt that the Italians would settle for 0-0 but the performance of Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal ensured that we came away with the vital point.
As for Spurs, the officials struck once again and after having two / three perfectly good goals ruled out in the reverse fixture at the Lane, Gareth Bale’s early strike should have stood last night.
After the match, Andre Villas-Boas praised the whole team.
“I can only compliment the lads for their efforts. We played 70 minutes against Arsenal with 10 men being brave, being bold and then came here and played a good intensive game,” AVB said.
“We didn’t have the clear-cut chances like we had in previous games, but the lads did well in their effort. The spirit is there and passion is there.”
Andre singled out Hugo for praise and Tom Carroll also got a mention for his individual performance.
“Tom has been very good and I compliment the development team for the work they’ve been doing,” he added.
“Tom played well. It’s his second consecutive game in Europe after Maribor. That bodes extremely well for the team and it was good to see him out there. He deserves our respect.”
The game with Panathinaikos takes place on the 6th of December and a home draw would be enough to take us through.