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From Matthew Upson
BBC Radio 5 live at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
I was searching for some indications against Olympiakos that Tottenham have improved as a group but I did not really see any.
Spurs will be delighted to find a point but, it was not the kind of performance that is written their supervisor Mauricio Pochettino would have wanted to watch, though they averted defeat.
Their run in this competition last year depended on objectives and drama, directly from the start after it looked like they’d be heading out in the group stage, when they dragged themselves from grief.
It was a brilliant achievement, but by earning your pathway somewhat simpler, it is far better to prevent being in the first place, and they did not manage this here.
Yesthis is a catchy way for them with an Olympiakos facet that was full and dangerous of attacking intent, also a hostile home crowd, and the warmth in Piraeus.
But the top Champions League teams can deal by playing to take the sting and keeping possession and silence the crowd.
For a variety of reasons, Spurs never did some of the well enough on Wednesday night.
I think the absence of control they had right is because having that’s the step that he knows they have to take if they are going to have sustained achievement in Europe what Pochettino will be most disappointed about.
Tottenham made life hard for themselves while me impressed.
It was disappointing to understand they were in the opening minutes, if there were three or two occasions where they handed the ball away cheaply.
But even though they seemed lethargic and had been missing urgency, Spurs nevertheless reminded us that they’ve lots of quality in their side.
One of the reasons they ended up getting so far in the Champions League last season was because, when they got an opportunity, they could take it.
This was the same against Olympiakos, and Tottenham finishing was the difference between both teams.
Their starting goal came from a penalty but the spot-kick of Harry Kane was delightful, and the strike of Lucas Moura was world class.
In 2-0 up after 30 minutes, Spurs had completed the difficult part but they still could not discover a way to stop Olympiakos from applying pressure.
They could have done that just but it just felt like Tottenham players were below their levels as well as when that occurs, you aren’t going to find the team performance either.
Pochettino made five changes in last weekend’s win over Crystal Palace, also there were. It showed.
Tanguy Ndombele ben Davies and Dele Alli all struggled to impose themselves in the game, Davinson Sanchez did not click in right-back, and it’s uncommon to find Christian Eriksen give the ball.
I am not sure that has been down to individual tiredness, either. It had been a mental sharpness which Spurs lacked, which led to errors.
It might have been worse – typically, if you play like they did in this way from the Champions League, you wind up being defeated.
Olympiakos sort of let them off the hook after they shot Mathieu Valbuena off 20 minutes to go, because he had been their principal danger man. Without him, they did not carry the identical threat.
The absolute most significant thing for Spurs was they did not lose.
Following this result I would still back Spurs to finish above them and Red Star Belgrade and make it through to the last 16 as remarkable as Olympiakos had been.
Red Star defeat last season to Liverpool at Serbia, and the trip of Tottenham there in November will provide a evaluation, similar in several approaches to the one that they faced in Greece.
But I am expecting Spurs’ home form to see them through, and I think that they could improve as the season goes on.
As the Olympiakos game was said ahead of by Pochettino they are still developing momentum and finding – .
Matthew Upson spoke to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
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