Ben Davies, Tottenham’s captain for the evening, appeared in front of the television cameras as the dust settled on a dreadful night in Arnhem.
He lamented the state of the field as well as a number of refereeing decisions. An elephant glinted across the breast of his jacket the entire time. It said, ‘1st Team.’ You have a feeling Davies and the rest of Nuno Espirito Santo’s second string won’t get it. It was a gleam of irony for everyone else, though, towards the end of a really gloomy evening.
Nuno had reacted angrily to the assumption that the Europa Conference League was a mere afterthought earlier this week. Tottenham’s manager dismissed the idea that the club now had two teams, one for the hustle and bustle of the Premier League and the other for these trips into the backwaters of European football. This performance provided evidence to the contrary.
None of the 11 players who started against Newcastle last Saturday made the journey. None of the 11 players who took the field on Thursday night did anything to earn their dismissal.
Nuno insisted there was no risk in leaving Harry Kane and his crew at home. The GelreDome’s stands were bouncing by the end of it, and Vitesse will remember this victory for a long time. Maximilian Wittek’s volley from 18 yards sealed a merited victory 12 minutes from time.
Source: Daily Mail