Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s equaliser allowed Tottenham Hotspur to come away with a 2-2 draw from their trip to Rennes

Substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s equaliser allowed Tottenham Hotspur to come away with a 2-2 draw from their trip to France to play Rennes in the new Europa Conference League on Thursday.

Loic Bade’s own goal had given Spurs the lead in Brittany but Flavien Tait equalised and Gaetan Laborde put Rennes ahead in the 72nd minute. That lead was swiftly cancelled out by Hojbjerg and in the circumstances, it is a good result for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham after their 3-0 drubbing at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Nuno said he could not be too judgmental of his side.

“(It) was not perfect. I think we started very well in possession, finding good lines,” he added. “We scored, then we lost a little bit of control. Rennes is a good team, they caused some problems for us.

🎙 “We kept fighting and tried to find solutions.”

“It is hard to judge all the game with all the circumstances that happened during the game.

“But I think we finished well, we showed a lot of character and belief to change the result after we conceded.

“In the end, I think we were in control. It was a hard team to play, a hard pitch to play, but the attitude was good… a lot of players were out of position so it is hard to analyse and be fair.

The result pleased the Rennes support who, frustrated at recent performances, had unfurled a giant banner before kick-off with the message in English: “Are you ready to fight?”

Spurs finishing in the Premier League top four and returning to the Champions League has to take priority for Spurs, they would be wise not to neglect a competition that offers a realistic route to silverware for a club that has won nothing since the League Cup in 2008.

Their next game in Group G is against Slovenian champions Mura, who lost 2-0 to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday.

However, this was hardly a smooth trip to France for Tottenham before they face Chelsea at the weekend.

They were forced to spend Wednesday night 100 kilometres away in the town of Saint-Brieuc because an agricultural show in Rennes this week meant a shortage of hotel rooms.

Nuno then lost both his starting wingers, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura, to injury during the game.

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