OPPONENTS Crvena zvezda at Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade
COMPETITION Champions League Group B 
DATE Wednesday 6th November 2019

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PREDICTION Crvena zvezda    1        Tottenham Hotspur    3

Spurs will leave Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters and Harry Winks at home with injury victims Erik Lamela (hamstring), Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring).



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Champions League  Group B Kick off 20:00 (UK time)
Crvena zvezda  0 (0)  
Tottenham Hotspur  4 (1)




Lo Celso  33m 08s
Son  56m 52s
Son  60m 02s
Eriksen  84m 47s

Crowd :   42,381 Weather :  Had rained prior to game; chilly, dry
Referee : Carlos del Cerro Grande (SPA) Assistant Referees :  Juan Carlos Yuste ; Roberto Alonso (SPA)
Fourth Official :  José Luis Munuera Montero (SPA)  
Video Assistant Referee :  José María Sánchez (SPA) Video Assistant Referee Assistant :  Juan Martínez Munuera (SPA)
UEFA Delegate :  Christian Kofoed (DEN) UEFA Referee Observer :  Francesco Bianchi (SWI)
Red Star kicked off in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 8 minutes.
Petrovic (foul on Rose)  65 


Dier  (foul on Pavkov)  30
Skipp  (foul on Boayke)  90+2  



Crvena zvezda : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
82  Milan BORJAN

77  Marko GOBELJIC  (18  Ribeiro SANTANA  46)
19  Nemanja MILUNOVIC

  5  Milos DEGENEK
23  Milan RODIC

Rajiv van la PARRA
20  Njegos PETROVIC      
Marko MARIN  (c)
Mateo GARCIA  (14  Richmond BOAYKE  68)
Dusan JOVANCIC  (87  Jose CANAS  62)

  9  Milan PAVKOV  62

Unused subs: 
Radovan PANKOV
21  Veljko SIMIC



21  Juan FOYTH
  6  Davinson SANCHEZ
  3  Danny ROSE

17  Moussa SISSOKO
28  Tanguy NDOMBELE

18  Giovani LO CELSO  (29  Oliver SKIPP  86)
20  DELE Alli  (23  Christian ERIKSEN  62)
  Heung-Min SON  (19  Ryan SESSEGNON  75)

10  Harry KANE (c)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM
27  Lucas MOURA

Manager :  Vladan Milojević Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Shirt sponsor :  Gazprom Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :   Macron Kit Supplier :   Nike
Match report

A dominating performance against Crvena zvezda (or Red Star Belgrade as we know them) saw Heung-Min Son banish the demons of Sunday's incident with Andre Gomes and Giovani Lo Celso pulled the strings to earn Spurs a 4-0 win against a side who doesn't generally lose at home and not by that margin.

Five changes to the side by Pochettino saw spurs move to a back three and as they came out to a tifosi at the Red Star end, the atmosphere started to build, with the noisy home fans chanting way before kick off. With Dier and Lo Celso starting, there was an element of steel and silk added to the team. However, Red Star started quickly and they were going at the Spurs defence from the kick off, although Marin picked up an early knock in a challenge with Sissoko. But Spurs started to build possession and there was a short VAR stoppage as the ball popped up from Tanguy Ndombele onto an opponent’s thigh and not hand. Juan Foyth, in at right back, was making runs up the wing, but he also had to be sharp in defence, as the home team tried to attack his flank. The Belgrade side were all about passion and pace, while Spurs were about precision and patience in the early stages.

Red Star were closing quickly, but Spurs were comfortable on the ball, awaiting the opportunity.  Sissoko threaded a straight pass through to Ndombele, who found Kane ahead of him. Taking a touch round the man in front of him to the right, Harry struck the ball well, but only into the side netting. Rose lifted the ball over the defence to an offside Son, Foyth took on his opposite full back after being put in by Sissoko, but over-ran the ball and then some good passing in the last third ended with Dele trying to spin the ball over the last man to Ndombele, but over-hitting it. Another good move started by Moussa, played the ball through Lo Celso to Son on the left, who took one touch and swung the shot across the keeper, but wide. The game then moved to the Spurs end, with Pankov running through the middle, getting the bounce off Foyth to leave him free in front of goal. The centre forward struck the ball well enough to Gazzaniga’s left, but with Paulo going right, he stuck out a foot to keep the ball out. It was an instinctive stop and a vital one with the first  half halfway through.

A free-kick and a corner for Spurs brought no threat and neither did Sissoko’s follow-up drive that cleared the running track behind the goal. Ndombele  almost slid Son through as Tottenham displayed a calm confidence on the ball. Ironically, Eric Dier had shown good strength to win the ball in the Red Star half, but his first foul brought a booking as he challenged in the air against Pavkov, when some brutal fouls by the home team had gone past with just a talking to.

An amazing move ended with the ball in the net eventually ! Lo Celso hassled the ball off Jovancic in the centre circle in the Spurs half to run away with it and fed Kane to his right. It looked as though Harry had pushed it to close to the keeper but nudged it past him, only to see the ball come back off the post. It fell behind Kane, but Son was there to swing it at goal and his effort was cleared off the line. The ball dropped and Dele looked as though he was bundled over as he looked to shape an over-head kick, with Ndombele winning the ball that went to the left side of the goal where Harry volleyed it across the face of goal. Son looked as though he must score, but managed to hit the bar from very close range as he fell into the ball with his hip making contact with it. As the ball bounced down, Giovani Lo Celso put it into the net from five yards out to hand Spurs the lead after VAR had tried to make some sense of what had gone on ! The goal had topped off a composed performance to that point.

Red Star conceded possession halfway in their own half and Dele was put away on the left and he tried to replicate his goal against Everton on Sunday, but ran into a defender. Two minutes before half-time, a half-clearance was played in to van la Parra, who shot to Gazzaniga’s left hand post, hitting it and the ball came out so quickly, Sanchez didn’t have a chance to get out of the way and the ball looped up onto the bar and this time it bounced away to be cleared. It was an escape and TV replays showed that Paulo got a touch on the first shot to deflect it onto the post. It was a little worrying that as Dier headed out a corner and as play broke down the referee pointed towards the penalty spot. Luckily, it was for a foul on Dier and not for a penalty for the home side as Spurs have been prone to letting goals in just before the break before in the Champions League this season.

The first half has seen Red Star play conservatively, with a lot of players getting deep behind the ball, allowing Spurs to keep the ball and string passes  cross the width of the pitch. The first fifteen minutes of the second half would be very important. A couple of loose passes didn’t bode too well and then when Ndombele lost the ball and Pavkov over-hit his pass to Marin, when they outnumbered the Spurs defenders with just three minutes gone since the restart. Just before that Kane had run at defenders in the box and got bumped, but not enough to earn a penalty. A perceptive cross-field ball by Ndombele from the right found Son, who passed to Rose and then  the ball went into Dele in the box. He took a touch and had it nibble doff him, but a bounce off a defender took it back to the Spurs midfielder, who was denied a shooting chance by a last ditch toe- poke away from him.  A lot of the time when Spurs had the ball at the back, Red Star dropped off and allowed it to go from side to side. It brought boos from the home crowd, but so did misplaced passes by their own players. Much of the heat had been taken out of the stadium atmosphere.

Sissoko out-muscled a Red Star player on the ball, played it to Ndombele, who held off two tackles and played the ball to Dele in the D. He unselfishly slid it left to Son, who drove it high into the net past the keeper to make it 2-0, which, as we know, is a dangerous lead for us. It was a good strike to give the goalie no chance, but the build-up shows how we can play when we revert to our style of previous seasons.

Red Star almost hit back straight away, when Sissoko gave the ball away and Pavkov struck a low drive from 25 yards, but Gazzaniga plunged to his left to keep it out reasonably easily.  When Sanchez won the ball in his own half, with Red Star claiming handball, there looked little danger for the Serbian team. It came to Kane, who produced an inch perfect pass inside the full-back for Rose to play a square pass across the box for Son to run in on the right to fire it high into the roof of the net from the corner of the six yard box to give Spurs a good lead.

With only 1500 Spurs fans in the ground, it was good to hear them making themselves heard regularly over the home supporters. They perked up when Marin went down on the edge of the box as Foyth conceded a foul and the Red Star captain tried to sneak one in at the near post, but Lo Celso put it out for a corner, which cleared everyone when it was played in.  Eriksen replaced Dele after the third goal and looked a little bit sharper than on Sunday, producing a good ball in from the right, wide of the area, for Kane to shoot. It went wide, but despite it taking a flick off a defender’s leg, only resulted in a goal-kick. Persistent fouling, mostly on Danny Rose (which seems to be the same wherever he plays in the world) broke up play but handed Tottenham  a series of free-kicks, which they took quickly to keep the game moving. Sessegnon came on to rest Son and to play his first Champions League game. Eriksen got the ball from a poor clearance and crossed with the outside of his foot from the left to Lo Celso and his volley lacked conviction and squirted wide with a quarter of an hour left. Pavkov went for a cross and landed sideways on his foot. Leading to him having a ride off on a golf cart and Red Star had used all their subs with ten minutes left.

Eriksen could have put Spurs in again, when they outnumbered the defenders, but it was a sloppy pass straight to a red and white shirt. Christian did hit a shot that brought a save from Borjan, but it lacked the power of his usual shooting. With Red Star dropping into a 4-4-1 formation after Pavkov’s departure, Spurs were facing a lot of players deep in their own half, but when Danny Rose played the ball down the left to Sessegnon, the ex-Fulham man cut the ball back square to Eriksen in the box and he took three touches and squeezed his shot away between keeper and the post thanks to a  deflection off a defender. The incisiveness of Ndombele’s passing was instrumental in sparking Tottenham’s forward moves. From a standing start, he suddenly forced the ball through to blue shirts to open up the home defence. Sessegnon slipped when looking to square another pass to Kane, as the ground had a few weak songs being sung by the home crowd. Ndombele tried to find Kane to his right, when Sessegnon had acres of space to his left in the box, then Ryan picked out Eriksen again in the box, but a poor touch popped the ball away from him and the chance evaporated.

Substitute Skipp was booked when he dived in on Boayke and no added time in added time was tacked on for the injury to 14, but it didn’t really matter and the home team were probably pleased it was all over.

Spurs had managed the last ten minutes very well and with only ten men, to face with Pavkov's absence, the game ran down with little excitement.  And that is quite reassuring.  With last minute goals haunting our games for the last 18 months, it was nice that there was to be no last minute panic and that the three points were in the bag thanks to some neat movement and passing, finished off with some fine finishing.  The last couple of games have seen Spurs recovering some of their form, but there is still some way to go.  The opposition today is not anywhere near what we are going to face in the Premier League and the next step is to take this sort of play into the next game.  With players coming back to fitness, it leaves Pochettino with a nice problem in selecting his teams, so one to face Sheffield United will be very different to the one here in Serbia.

The three points give Spurs a good opportunity to progress to the knock-out phase of the competition and the next home game against Olympiacos is one that needs to be won to avoid the need of travelling to Bayern Munich and needing something.  We managed it at Barcelona last season, but this time around it might be a big ask.

Wayne Sweeting

Match facts

Tottenham inflicted Crevna zvezda's biggest home defeat in European competition.

Heung-Min Son's goals made him the highest scoring South Korean player in European club football.

Giovani Lo Celso scores his first goal for the club.

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How the players did
Paulo Gazzaniga Two vital saves helped keep Spur sin the game and contribute to a clean sheet.
Juan Foyth Looked good defensively and willing to go forward with and without the ball.
Eric Dier Solid performance after a long time out of the side.
Davinson Sanchez Used pace and strength well to make sure that the back line stayed .
Danny Rose As usual, he was keen to go forward and was often fouled.  Crossed well for Son's second.
Tanguy Ndombele Very good performance driving Spurs forward, but got caught on the ball at the start of the second half that almost gave Red Star the chance to get back into the match
Moussa Sissoko Strong on the ball and in the tackle.  Reliable performance from a consistent performer.
Heung-Min Son Finished with a vengeance tonight to put Spurs out of reach of Red Star.  Worked as hard as ever off the ball and closing down too.
Giovani Lo Celso First start and made the most of his opportunity.  It wasn't just his passing, but the tenacity to win the ball that brought about the first goal.  Look forward to similar displays in the domestic league.
Dele Alli Didn't score and could have, but ran into traffic.  Produced a fine pass for Son to net the second Tottenham goal and looked to be getting back to his usual self.
Harry Kane Not on the score-sheet, but a good all-round contribution with a killer pass for Rose to put across for Son to score Tottenham's third.
Oliver Skipp Main impact was on Boayke's leg.  A little rash, but made simple passes to run down time.
Ryan Sessegnon Got a bit longer than at Goodison Park and made a telling contribution with the cross to Eriksen for his goal.
Christian Eriksen Came on and looked to spread the play, managing to get on the score-sheet at the end and looked sharper than he has done recently.
Michel Vorm Did not play
Toby Alderweireld Did not play.
Ben Davies Did not play.
Lucas Moura Did not play.



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Other scores this round :
Real Madrid (SPA) 6 Galatasarary (TUR) 0 Wednesday
Paris Saint Germain (FRA) 1 Club Brugge (BEL) 0 Wednesday
Bayern Munich (GER) 2 Olympiacos (GRE) 0 Wednesday
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 3 Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 3 Wednesday
Atalanta (ITA) 1 Manchester City 1 Wednesday
04 Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 2 Atletico Madrid (SPA) 1 Wednesday
Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS) 1 Juventus (ITA) 2 Wednesday
SSC Napoli (ITA) 1 Red Bull Salzburg (AUS) 1 Tuesday
Liverpool 2 Genk (BEL) 1 Tuesday
Borussia Dortmund (GER) 3 Internazionale (ITA) 2 Wednesday
Barcelona (SPA) 0 Slavia Prague (CZE) 0 Wednesday
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 3 Benfica (POR) 1 Wednesday
Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) 0 RB Leipzig (GER) 2 Wednesday
Chelsea 4 Ajax (HOL) 4 Tuesday
Valencia (SPA) 4 Lille (FRA) 1 Tuesday



Group B Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Bayern Munich 4 4 0 0 15 4 12 +11
2 Tottenham Hotspur 4 2 1 1 13 9 7 +4
3 Red Star Belgrade 4 1 0 3 3 13 3 -10
4 Olympiacos 4 0 1 3 5 10 1 -5

Position before match :  2nd
Position after match :  2nd


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