Europa League: Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1-2 Tottenham

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Tanguy Ndombele
Tanguy Ndombele is Tottenham’s file signing after becoming a member of for £54m remaining summer season

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says that “on this second” he “believes” in file signing Tanguy Ndombele after he bundled in a past due winner in opposition to nine-man Lokomotiv Plovdiv within the Europa League.

Spurs survived a scare to achieve the 3rd qualifying spherical however have been pressured to come back from at the back of in Bulgaria.

Georgi Minchev headed the Plovdiv forward on 72 mins earlier than the house aspect had two avid gamers despatched off with 10 mins left.

Harry Kane levelled from the penalty spot and exchange Ndombele despatched Spurs via with the winner within the 85th minute.

The 22-year-old, signed for £54m from Lyon in August 2019, has best began 17 video games in all competitions for Tottenham after a 2019/20 season hampered by way of accidents and grievance from his supervisor.

“Tanguy is in a technique of evolution,” stated Mourinho, who in March known as for the France midfielder to “give extra” in video games.

“Last season he wasn’t. Last season he used to be caught in a state of affairs the place I could not see evolution,” Mourinho added. “In this second he is coaching very, rather well. He’s improving from his damage, he is improving bodily and [on Thursday]he gave us what we would have liked on this remaining 30 mins.

“In this second, I imagine in Tanguy. I by no means doubted his high quality. Never. I doubted in some moments his motivation and dedication {and professional} perspective.

“We made this choice in combination not to get started the sport as a result of he additionally feels that he wishes just a little extra however on this second I believe that Tanguy can do neatly for us.”

Spurs face some other lengthy go back and forth subsequent Thursday to stand Macedonian aspect Shkendija within the 3rd qualifying spherical in a hectic week for Mourinho’s group.

They have a Premier League sport in opposition to Southampton on Sunday, an EFL Cup fit in opposition to Leyton Orient on Tuesday after which the adventure to North Macedonia two days later.

If they win each the ones cup video games, they face a identical agenda the next week too.

Relief for Spurs and Mourinho

Harry Kane
Harry Kane levelled for Tottenham from the penalty spot

All European qualifiers are being performed over one leg this season since the marketing campaign began later because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mourinho stated that had pressured him into taking part in a more potent aspect than he would have achieved if there were a 2d leg in London.

He made 4 adjustments from Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat by way of Everton, however all 4 have been first-team regulars.

The guests ruled ownership with out having a look spectacular and Steven Bergwijn hit the bar earlier than Son Heung-min ignored from shut vary.

And Minchev’s header from Dimitar Iliev’s move had them on the point of a European go out.

The turning level used to be definitely Dinis Almeida’s handball at the line which earned him a instantly pink card, with Birsent Karagaren additionally disregarded within the aftermath for dissent.

Kane positioned his penalty into the highest nook and so they ruled for the remainder of the sport, with exchange Ndombele changing Moura’s move for the winner.

Line-ups

Lokomotiv Plovdiv

  • 71Lukov
  • 20Petrovic
  • 25MasoeroBooked at 87minutes
  • 61Lima AlmeidaBooked at 78minutes
  • 9KaragarenBooked at 79minutes
  • 10UmarbayevSubstituted forMinchevat 68′mins
  • 34VitanovSubstituted forMihaljevicat 81′mins
  • 7TsvetanovBooked at 78minutes
  • 16Spinola Salinas
  • 77AralicaSubstituted forIlicat 68′mins
  • 14Iliev

Substitutes

  • 1Pirgov
  • 11Muslimovic
  • 13Pugliese
  • 15Ilic
  • 19Minchev
  • 44Stefanov Nikolaev
  • 50Mihaljevic

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Doherty
  • 6D SánchezSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 73′mins
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 17SissokoSubstituted forNdombeleat 61′mins
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 23BergwijnSubstituted forLamelaat 70′mins
  • 10Kane
  • 7Son Heung-Min

Substitutes

  • 8Winks
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 28Ndombele
  • 38Carter-Vickers

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