By Will Butcher
Tottenham are strong favourites to progress to the round of 16 in the Europa League, after drawing Belgian outfit Gent in the last 32.
It is believed Mauricio Pochettino’s side will breeze past their European opponents, after securing Europa League qualification by finishing third in Group E of the Champions League.
However, Spurs must remain wary against their Belgian counterparts, as Football Insider analyses three strengths that Pochettino must consider ahead of the two-legged tie in February.
Gent have conceded just one goal in their last seven Belgian Jupiler League encounters, remaining unbeaten throughout the run.
With just 15 goals conceded domestically in 18 games, Tottenham must work hard to find a break through against Gent as both sides look to qualify.
Spurs will need their best attacking options on the pitch in order to progress, as Gent’s defence continue to act in an uncharitable manner.
After doing the double in 2015, Spurs must be wary of what 52-year-old manager Vanhaezebrouck can produce.
According to FourFourTwo, Vanhaezebrouck is the best tactician in Belgium and was believed to be the strong favourite to succeed Marc Wilmots after Euro 2016 but instead lost out to Roberto Martinez.
Paying extra diligence to every minor detail, Spurs must respect Gent’s manager and get their homework right as they look to secure their place in the final 16.
Ability to score from all over the pitch
Gent do not rely on one in-form striker to grab all of their goals, as many strikers and midfielder all chip in to share the goalscoring burden.
Strikers Kalifa Coulibaly and Jeremy Perbet top the charts with seven and six strikes respectively, while midfielders Renato Neto and Danijel Milicevic have both scored five times.
Spurs must continue their impressive defensive form this season if they are to keep out Gent, who will look to score through any of their free-flowing attackers come February.
In other Tottenham news, Gary Lineker has reacted amusingly on Twitter to the draw against Gent.