Sessegnon promising; Romero asks for patience – .

Sessegnon promising; Romero asks for patience – .

An inexperienced and young Spurs side were beaten by Lucas Silva’s goal in the first half, forcing them to win the second leg next Thursday in north London to reach the group stage.

Dan Kilpatrick evaluated the Spurs players in Portugal …

Far from being the most guilty of Pacos’ goal, but perhaps would have done better one-on-one with Silva.
An awkward performance that hardly hinted at a future in the first team. Caught deep and played Silva on the inside for the winning goal. Hindered by a late injury to top off a frustrating night.
Presented as the signing to mend the Spurs defense, but on that proof, patience is required. Taken square for Pacos’ goal and didn’t look quite convincing. In his defense, he is still working at his peak and does not speak the language yet.
Team captain, Davies got the ball out well in defense and was the strongest of the three center-backs.
Put on a good cut that Gil wasted, but didn’t do enough of the back wing to jump Japhet Tanganga in the first XI.
Failed to take his chance with an erratic performance, which included losing the ball in preparation for Pacos’ goal.
Did not mark his authority over the game, as one would expect from a Copa America winner. Too loose in possession and did not freeze with Winks.
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Initially rusty and fluffy, the best chance of the Spurs game from the start of Gil’s reduction. Grew up in the game and was Spurs’ brightest player in the second half. Takes a few minutes to restore touch and confidence.
Hanging on at halftime after an anonymous start, though, in fairness for the teenager, he could have hoped for more calm and service from his senior teammates.


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