If certain members of Tottenham’s side were playing for their futures then it was hard to tell in last night’s poor showing against the Portuguese Champions elect. We said ahead of the game that we needed a win with a clean sheet against a side unbeaten since November but the tie is effectively over after the 3-1 defeat.
One moment of brilliance came from Christian Eriksen’s free kick but it did little to mask the overall display.
“I thought we were fine in the first half, it was exactly what I wanted,” said Tim Sherwood after the match.
“We showed good spirit, character and we were solid defensively but their first shot at goal ended up in our net and that was a body blow.
“To then concede two set-pieces in the second half was really disappointing.”
At least Sherwood was being honest when he assessed our chances ahead of the second leg.
“We’ll go to Benfica and give it our all and we owe it to the fans to do that,” he added.
“We’ll have a good following over there and we’ll play with spirit and give it everything we’ve got, but obviously it’s a tall order.”
That game comes along in a week’s time but before that is a North London derby that suddenly, many of us are dreading.