Tottenham Hotspur vs. FC Basel: 5 Things We Learned in Europa League Clash

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. FC Basel: 5 Things We Learned in Europa League Clash
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Brad Friedel's expression just about sums up a night where little went to plan for Tottenham Hotspur.

If Tottenham Hotspur win the Europa League this season, they will do so after making it as hard for themselves as possible.

A lackluster performance from the Premier League club played into FC Basel's hands, as the more motivated Swiss champions exposed Tottenham's unpreparedness yet again in Europe. The 2-2 final score ensures Spurs retain hope of progression, but injuries suffered by Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale exacerbated the general feeling of a bad night all-around.

Heading into a hugely important month for Spurs, this encounter told us a fair amount of the sizable challenges facing Andre Villas-Boas and his side.

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