Partizan 0 Tottenham 0: Three talking points as Townsend impresses
Partizan 0 Tottenham 0: Three talking points as Spurs secure a credible draw in Belgrade
Partizan hold firm but plenty of positives for Tottenham
In arguably one of the most hostile atmospheres in the Europa League, Tottenham Hotpsur have succeeded where many will likely fail; returning home with a point from Belgrade. Admittedly there weren’t as many chances for the visitors as they would have liked but they looked solid in defence and will come out of it stronger for the experience. Andros Townsend was brilliant for the hour he was on the field, and Aaron Lennon and Harry Kane will feel they could have contributed more despite the latter hitting the bar in the first minute. All-in-all, it was credit to Partizan who set themselves up to counter-attack and they did so well, testing Hugo Lloris at times but for the most part cancelling out the same threat from their opponents. A well deserved point for both sides and one of the more exciting goalless draws you are likely to watch.
Pitch prevents real attacking masterclass from either side
It is often difficult for Premier League sides who are used to snooker table like pitches to come to some sides where the quality control is not as pertinent. This was certainly the case with Partizan Belgrade’s surface which started to bear a striking resemblance to the troublesome pitch at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium with it cutting up from almost the word go. Unpredictable bounce and the occasional bobble meant players had to focus on even the shortest of passes. While the likes of Townsend and later Erik Lamela were able to showcase the attacking threat, it wasn’t particularly pretty at times. In an intense atmosphere that is create by the partisan crowd, Tottenham did well not to dwell too much on the surface but it certainly played a part in dampening what could have been an end-to-end goal rush.
Townsend causes plenty of problems; cant get breakthrough
The work of Kyle Naughton and Townsend was particularly brilliant from the outset down Tottenham’s right flank, and although the latter was left frustrated by the home side’s physicality at times before he was replaced on the hour, Townsend was the central threat to which all positive play came through. Lamela took up his mantle in the final half hour and did it majestically which makes you wonder why he cannot get a start in this side. Mauricio Pochettino’s men were set up to avoid mistakes and were careful in their approach to the game but given their skill advantage, they could have perhaps looked at the likes or Christian Eriksen or indeed Lamela at an earlier juncture.