‘That won’t be good enough’: Glenn Hoddle claims Tottenham will be ‘relieved’ to escape Rennes with a Europa Conference League draw, while legend insists ‘hard work remains to be done’ for Nuno Espirito Santo
- Glenn Hoddle said Spurs’ performance against Rennes was ‘not good enough’
- Nuno Espirito Santo’s men got a 2-2 draw in the Europa Conference League
- Hoddle said Spurs should have been ‘relieved’ and could have easily left empty-handed
Glenn Hoddle lamented Tottenham’s performance in their Europa Conference League opener against Rennes and said they will be “relieved” to have left France by a point.
A test match saw Tottenham get away with a 2-2 draw, with both Spurs goals carrying an element of fortune.
The first saw Lucas Moura’s cross make a bad deflection from Rennes defender Loic Bade and go in, while Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg’s equalizing goal kindly bounced the ball back to him from a Rennes player in the penalty area, which he jabbed home .
Glenn Hoddle said Tottenham will be ‘relieved’ on Thursday with a 2-2 draw against Rennes
Lucas Moura’s cross was deflected into the net for Tottenham’s opening goal in France
But Hoddle said the Spurs ran on their luck the entire game and didn’t deserve the result in terms of game balance.
“They’ll be relieved. Rennes had the better chances, they worked much harder for Gollini than Tottenham for the Rennes goalkeeper,” Hoddle told BT Sport.
“I can’t remember a real open chance the Spurs created during the 90-minute plus.”
‘There is room for improvement. That won’t be good enough. That was one of Tottenham’s strong points tonight, and in the end it was a matter of playing whether they would lose in the end.’
Hoddle said Spurs failed to create any ‘open chance’ in the match and were lucky to sign
Hoddle admitted that the Rennes fans were creating a hostile atmosphere, and the Spurs had to contend with new injuries from Steven Bergwijn and Moura, who both stumbled during the match.
But he claimed Spurs got out of jail with a weak performance, and far from forcing themselves into the game, they were largely outplayed by Rennes.
“It’s a good point in the end, it’s not an easy place to go,” he said.
“But once Rennes looked at Tottenham and went for it, there were periods in that first half where the Spurs were on the rack for 20 minutes.
“That’s where the tracks hung. With the way they played tonight, they could have gone home with nothing.’
Hoddle accepted Spurs were hampered by injuries but said Rennes were the superior side
The Spurs legend added that there is still a lot more work to do for boss Nuno
With Spurs trailing 1-0 in three Premier League wins this season, concerns have been raised about the lack of creativity on the part of Nuno Espirito Santo.
While the new boss may have focused on defensive solidity at first, Crystal Palace’s 3-0 win over Spurs made up for that, and Hoddle said Tottenham were once again looking frail.
“They didn’t seem hard to beat for me, there were too many chances around the penalty area,” he said.
Spurs really didn’t control the game and created a lot of chances. They have crossed the line, there has come the relief for the result. There is still much work to be done.
“They have a point, on to the next game.”