Absolute class from Ndombele who propels the ball between men from the center line to the penalty area where it hits a fine shot. That saved Iliev well, but it’s only up to Alli, who incredibly selflessly pounces on an unmarked Vinicius to tap into an empty net.
My word, what a ping! Alli spots Davies in a room on the lower left and the Welshman beats him in front of him before he thunders a half volley into the nearby post with serious force.
« It’s like a training game, » comments Glenn Hoddle. It’s pretty boring for what it is. Mind you, Spurs could use a second for all their dominance.
Spurs can play the ball through the central midfield so easily. Your players just seem to have so much time and space to find the route they want.
Oh hello Harry! Winks spins every 30 yards from the goal, releasing a stake driver with his left foot who makes Iliev dive to his left, but the ball passes the wrong side of the post.
Bale tries to curl up from the edge of the box, but instead places it on the gate.
Vinicius is working hard on the ball, shooting here and there along the Ludogorets defense. That first Spurs goal should do wonders for his confidence. Meanwhile, Bale is looking for an early ball over the box that has been cut out.
A big moment for Vinicius with his first Spurs goal. From Spurs ‘point of view, there is a stroke of luck when Allis pass is diverted by a defender of Ludogorets right in Vinicius’ path. He takes it in his crotch and cool slits past the goalkeeper from about 12 meters. Quietly hidden.
Vinicius’ nice movement over the edge of the box makes him work some space before a nice touch from Moura’s through ball brings the ball down, but his shot is long. Alli then cuts up from a height of 25 meters. I’m not sure Ludogorets has put together two passes so far.
This game is about whether Spurs can destroy a 10 man Ludogorets defense. Ndombele calls a foul with a decent shuffle 25 yards from goal. That means Bale can attempt a third early free kick. . . This is deflected from the wall and looped onto the top of the net.
A decent game in the middle of the field gives Alli some space, but his backing into the penalty area is cut out. Total traffic in one direction.
. . . In fact, Keseru was given the yellow card from his position in the wall after this free kick for the handball. Very hard. This means that Bale can make another attempt from 10 meters away. . . but this time he shoots over the crossbar.
No chances for the hosts yet, but Ludogorets cannot control the ball and are deep in their own half.
Oh, it looks like Bale will get a crack from a free kick about 40 yards from goal. This is madness! He appears. . . and it thunders into the wall.
Ludogorets have had little training in the squad due to an outbreak of the coronavirus in the last few weeks and are directly against it from the start, as Alli is heavily involved in moving the ball up. Spurs were fined twice for offside.
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So what should you do with this Spurs team? Tanganga is back, as is Alli. Sanchez has a chance to impress and Vinicius will desperately want to show that he has goals in himself.
Tottenham: Hart, Alli, Ballen, Vinicius, Davies, Doherty, Lucas Moura, Ndombele, Sanchez, Tanganga, Winks. Subs: Aurier, Austin, Clarke, Dier, Hojbjerg, Kane, Reguilon, Scarlett, Sissoko, Son, White, Whiteman.
Ludogorets: Iliev, Abel, Badji, Despodov, Grigore, Ikoko, Keseru, Moti, Nedyalkov, Verdon, Yankov. Subs: Damyanov, Manu, Mitkov, Cauly, Josue Sa, Stoyanov, Tchibota, Tekpetey, Terziev, Yordanov.
It’s not that long since these two sides last met: three weeks to be precise. On that occasion, it produced a pretty easy Spurs win.
The result of that game in Bulgaria was actually only 3-1 for Tottenham, but it was the kind of 3-1 that never seemed closer and could really have been any number. Here’s what Jose Mourinho had to say afterwards: « We didn’t have to play very, very well. « . We did what we had to do. â ????
After losing to Royal Antwerp the week before, Mourinho didn’t take any chances on this trip to Bulgaria and opted for a strong team. Was that what produced the easy win, or are Ludogorets just not very good?
Well, they are currently at the bottom of their Europa League table with three losses from three games, while Spurs are ahead on goal difference. Let’s face it – tonight shouldn’t be very exhausting for Tottenham.
Two important pieces of information emerged from Mourinho’s pre-game press conference yesterday. First, Toby Alderweireld is out with an adductor injury against Manchester City last weekend, but it’s not as bad as expected. Mourinho said he feared the defender would be out for a month but now expects « two to four weeks ». .
There were also some doubts about this game. According to reports in Bulgaria, some Ludogorets players had tested positive for coronavirus. But Mourinho said that was not the case:
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