Tottenham crashed out of a European competition for the second time this season ad they could only muster a 2-2 draw at Wembley against Gent on Thursday to send the Belgians through to the Round of 16 of the Europa League.
The North London outfit took the lead courtesy of an early goal from Christian Eriksen, however an own goal from Harry Kane switched the tie back in the opponents favour, as Spurs had to score two more goals to qualify outrightly.
The story of the night was not the draw however, but the senseless red card of England international, Dele Alli.
The 20-year-old midfielder got sent off as a result of a very dangerous tackle on a Gent player, but Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino insists that he was not to blame for the exit, instead shifting blame on the entire team. Speaking after the game, the Argentine gaffer said as quoted by Sky Sport:
“He is very disappointed and sad,”
Pochettino said of Alli. “In football, it happens. He knows he made a mistake. Now he tries to move on and improve. In the future we must avoid that situation “It’s difficult.
It’s not to justify him but it’s a different action, he was fouled before, it was an action that was a clear foul.
That’s not to blame the referee but the action came in very soon, that tackle, and I think he deserved to be sent off. He knows. But that kind of action can always happen.” he added.
Tottenham are still in the running for both the Premier League title and The FA Cup. They are currently 8 points behind Chelsea in the league table, placed third and are in the quarter finals of the Cup, as they host Millwall at White Hart Lane in three weeks time.