Spurs eliminated from ECL as postponed Rennes clash is deemed a forfeit
Spurs have been eliminated from the Europa Conference League as their remaining group game against Rennes has been deemed as a forfeit.
Tottenham’s last group game against Rennes was due to take place on December 9. This had to be postponed as a result of a Covid-19 outbreak in the Spurs camp.
UEFA have already stated that this game will not be replayed. This ruling on Monday sees Tottenham lose their group finale 3-0 via forfeit. This result sees them finish third in Group G.
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Spurs also saw Premier League fixtures against Brighton and Leicester called off as the surge in Covid cases among squads continues to affect the calendar.
UEFA’s ruling means there will be no European football for the club in the new year, with a statement on Monday confirming the decision of the chairman of UEFA’s Appeals Body.
“To declare the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Stade Rennais FC, that was initially scheduled to be played on 9 December 2021, as forfeited by Tottenham Hotspur FC, who is therefore deemed to have lost the match 0-3 in accordance with Annex J.3.1 to the Regulations of the UEFA Europa Conference League (2021/22 Season),” it read.
Rennes were already assured of top spot in Group G but advance alongside Vitesse as Spurs finished third with just seven points.
Conte’s side returned to action for the first time since December 5 as they drew 2-2 with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon in a game dominated by VAR drama.
Spurs drew 2-2 against Liverpool on Sunday. Conte said post-match that he was ” a bit disappointed” with the result:
“I think it was an exciting game and we created many chances to score and win the game. We have to be a bit disappointed with the draw. For sure we played against a really strong team,” Conte said
“For the chances we created, we go home with the thought instead of one point it could be three points.
“We prepared a plan. It’s not simple to defend against them. When we’re in possession I said we could create problems for Liverpool. This happened today. The supporters have seen a good exciting game.
“I don’t want to speak about the decision of the referee. I think the game was good for both teams. Harry played a good game. He scored a goal of vital importance. He had chances to score other goals. He’s an important player for us.
“Dele Alli played a good game. With this formation with three midfielders he can play as a midfielder and I think he’s strong physically. If he was a bit effective he could score but the performance was good. It’s important to understand the players I can count on now for the future. Also to find the right solution for formation. To have two possibilities is good for the team.”