Spurs suffered a sobering defeat against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night, as the hosts ran out 3-0 winners in their Europa League round of 16 tie.
Mauricio Pochettino named a much-changed Spurs line-up, with his main aim of getting back to winning ways in the Premier League at the weekend. Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Danny Rose were omitted from the 18 altogether, whilst Kane, Dembele and Lamela all found themselves on the bench.
In truth, Spurs struggled to get going throughout the 90 minutes as they were dominated by Dortmund, as Aubameyeng and Reus posed a constant threat to an under pressure Spurs back line.
Dortmund eventually took the lead when Aubameyeng fired the hosts in front in the 30th minute.
Spurs were consistently exposed on the left-hand side, with Ben Davies left exposed against the pace and guile of Dortmund’s attackers. Dortmund eventually found a second when Reus fired in after poor marking from Tottenham at a corner.
Tottenham’s misery was eventually completed, when in the 70th minute, Reus grabbed his second and made sure that Tottenham have little hope of getting back into the tie next Thursday at White Hart Lane.
For Pochettino and Spurs, it was a lesson learned but tonight’s result effectively ensures that Tottenham’s Europa League campaign is now over.