Glenn Hoddle claims Tottenham will be ‘relieved’ with 2-2 draw at Rennes in Conference League

Glenn Hoddle lamented Tottenham’s performance in their Europa Conference League opener against Rennes, saying they will be ‘relieved’ to have left France with a point. 

A testing game saw Tottenham come away with a 2-2 draw, with both Spurs goals containing an element of fortune. 

The first saw Lucas Moura’s cross take a wicked deflection off Rennes defender Loic Bade and go in, while Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg’s equaliser saw the ball bounce kindly to him off a Rennes player in the penalty box, which he poked home. 


Glenn Hoddle said Tottenham will be ‘relieved’ with a 2-2 draw versus Rennes on Thursday

Lucas Moura’s cross was deflected into the net for Tottenham’s opening goal in France


But Hoddle said Spurs rode their luck throughout the game and didn’t deserve the result on the balance of play. 

‘They’ll be relieved. Rennes had the better chances, they worked (Pierluigi) Gollini much harder than Tottenham worked Rennes’ goalkeeper,’ Hoddle told BT Sport.

‘I can’t remember a real open chance Spurs created right through the 90 minutes plus.’

‘There’s room for improvement. That’s not going to be good enough. That was a strong side put out by Tottenham tonight, and in the end it was touch and go whether they were going to end up losing.’ 

Hoddle said Spurs didn’t create a single ‘open chance’ in the match and were lucky to draw

Hoddle conceded that the Rennes fans created a hostile atmosphere, and Spurs had to contend with fresh injuries to Steven Bergwijn and Moura, who both hobbled off during the match. 

But he maintained that Spurs got out of jail with a weak performance, and far from imposing themselves on the game were outplayed by Rennes for large parts.

‘It’s a good point in the end, it’s not an easy place to go,’ he said.

‘But once Rennes actually looked at Tottenham, and went for it, there were spells in that first half where they had Spurs on the rack for a good 20 minutes. 

‘Spurs hung on in there. With the way they played tonight, they could’ve been going home with nothing.’

Hoddle accepted that Spurs were hampered by injuries but said Rennes were the superior side

The Spurs legend added there is plenty more hard work to be done for boss Nuno

With Spurs’ three Premier League wins this season coming with 1-0 scorelines, concerns have been raised over the lack of creativity in Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. 

While the new boss may have been focused on defensive solidity first, Crystal Palace’s 3-0 win over Spurs put paid to that, and Hoddle said Tottenham again looked brittle.  

‘They didn’t look hard to beat for me, there were too many chances around the penalty area,’ he said. 

‘Spurs actually weren’t controlling the game, carving open lots of chances. They got over the line, that’s where the relief for the result has happened. There’s a lot of hard work still to be done.

‘They’ve got a point, move onto the next game.’