Following the exit of Arsenal and Manchester City from the Champions League by Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively, another English side endured a horrid night as Tottenham capped a dismal week for English clubs in Europe with a 3-1 first-leg loss to Benfica in the Europa League at White Hart Lane.
Rodrigo notched the first crucial away goal, with the former Bolton forward racing behind Kyle Naughton and curling the ball past Hugo Lloris before Luisao doubled the advantage after the break. Christian Eriksen restored some pride with a fine curling free-kick but Luisao dashed Tottenham hopes in the closing stages when he found the net in the aftermath of a Benfica free-kick, leaving Spurs with a mountain to climb.
From the English angle, it sure looks like another side is out of Europe. The question continues, what is/are the real reason(s) behind English team’s dismal outing on the continent this season, also considering that it’s a World Cup year?
Answers will be provided soonest but they (fans) will be hoping that Manchester United and Chelsea or probably a miracle from Tottenham put some smiles back on their faces when they play their 2nd leg games in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League next week.