|COMPETITION||Champions League Group B|
|DATE||Wednesday 26th November 2019|
With only none game behind him, Jose Mourinho will lead Spurs into a
Champions League match against Olympiacos in a competition
where he ahs enjoyed major success. Going into the game
knowing a win will take Spurs through to the knock-out stages,
without needing anything from the away fixture at Bayern Munich,
Olympiacos should not be taken lightly even though they sit bottom
of the group.
Unbeaten in their own league, they showed at times in the away game that they are capable of causing problems. Mathieu Valbuena is still capable of pulling the strings in midfield at the age of 35. Give him enough space and time and he will find a pass or a shot that can suddenly change the nature of the game. With willing runners in Podence and Guilherme, he can stretch defences and find space to move the ball to one of his team-mates. Masouras had a great chance in Greece, but fluffed it into the ground and over the top, but he got into the right position to receive the ball.
Semedo proved a strong defender up against Harry Kane and Spurs will need to be cleverer with their passing and movement to get through on goal. Left back Tsimikas liked to get forward, but whether he will try that away from home remains to be seen, as Mourinho could identify that as an area to attack on the break if a move breaks down.
With a win under his belt at the home of the Irons, it will be intriguing to see what side he puts out. A win is the priority with Crvena zvezda able to get a total of nine points if they beat both the other two teams in the group. You wouldn't think that will happen, but stranger things have and therefore, it is best to take no chances against Olympiacos. So, I guess a decent team and then he has the ability to mix it up for the Bayern game.
Spurs should take the last
two results in the group to give them confidence to go and win this
match, which I think they will do to progress.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 3 Olympiacos Pireaus 0|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -
Hugo Lloris is still side-lined after his elbow ligament surgery and Spurs will also be missing Michel Vorm (calf), Ben Davies (ankle) and Erik Lamela (hamstring), but Jan Vertonghen and Tanguy Ndombele are both back in training.
OLYMPIACOS PIREAUS TEAM NEWS
|Champions League Group B||Kick off 20.00|
|Tottenham Hotspur 4 (1)||
Dele 45+0m 16s
El Arabi 05m 28s
Alderweireld (foul on El Arabi) 61
Semedo (foul on Son) 39
Bouchalakis (foul on Dele) 68
Tsimikas (foul on Aurier) 71
Podence (foul on Dele) 75
|Crowd : 57,024||Weather : Mild, dry|
|Referee : Georgi Kabakov (BUL)||Assistant Referees : Martin Margaritov (BUL); Divan Valkov (BUL)|
|Fourth Official : Nikola Popov (BUL)|
|Video Assistant Referee : Michael Fabbri (ITA)||Video Assistant Referee Assistant : Davide Massa (ITA)|
|UEFA Delegate : Alfred Ludwig (AUT)||UEFA Referee Observer : Hugh Dallas (SCO)|
|Olympiacos kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 7 minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Olympiacos Pireaus :||kit|
Lucas MOURA (17
10 Harry KANE (c)
|Manager : Jose Mourinho||Manager : Pedro Martins|
|Sponsor : AIA||Shirt sponsor : Stoiximan|
|Kit Supplier : Nike||Kit Supplier : adidas|
A topsy-turvy game that didn't start as Tottenham fans would have hoped, but ended up satisfyingly seeing Tottenham through o the round of 16 with a 4-2 win over Olympiacos at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Having a win under his belt
with his first game in charge of Spurs, Jose Mourinho kept faith
with the majority of the same side that won at West Ham, but Ben
Davies' ankle injury meant that Danny Rose came in to replace him.
Within a minute of the goal
Lucas Moura slipped the ball through the defence to Kane, who pulled
his effort just wide to the right of the keeper’s goal. It wouldn’t
have counted as the lineman flagged late for offside. Meanwhile,
Olympiacos were winning free-kicks and one was swung in from their
left that Gazzaniga got a poor punch on. It went downwards, hit Rose
on the back and Toby then cleared after a bit of indecision about
who was going to take responsibility for getting rid of it.
While that was going on Semedo was having a lie-down in the Spurs
six-yard box and when Spurs attacked, the ref stopped the game when
we lost it.
Just before half-time, when
it looked like a tough team talk for Jose Mourinho, Dele was aware
of Greeks bearing gifts and when Aurier's low ball in from the right
wing was air-kicked by Meriah at the near post, he was left with a
simple tap-in from close range into an empty goal. Semedo's
part in it wrapped up a wretched first half for the central
defender, allowing Dele to drift in behind him with no perception of
where the man he was supposed to be marking had gone.
This match showed that the defensive side of the Spurs game needs to be re-shaped. Dier was unlucky to be the one to be taken off, but it wasn't a reflection on his game, as anyone could have been subbed, such was the poor performance. Eriksen got into the game after a short while and started finding his targets with his passes and his free-kick that whistled past the post drew gasps from the crowd when it was replayed. The accuracy of his free-kick for Harry Kane's second was what we need to punish other teams.
It had been a strange atmosphere at the game. Not buoyant with a new manager bounce nor reverential to the departing boss. In fact, there were more placards asking for player's shirts than those praising Pochettino. It hasn't got to the stage where the Spurs fans are singing Mourinho's name yet, but someone will come up with a song for him if the wins keep coming.
Bournemouth on Saturday will be a different challenge and let's hope we can keep them out and go on to win, which will be the next target to achieve.
Harry Kane becomes the fastest player to score 20 Champions League goal, reaching the total in just 24 games (two fewer than Alessandro del Piero).
Kane's second goal was his 30th European goal for Spurs.
Christian Eriksen made his 50th European appearance for Tottenham.
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|How the players did|
|Paulo Gazzaniga||Looked a little uncertain in the first half. Made a couple of saves, but at corners didn't look confident and there were times when there was mis-communication with his defenders.|
|Serge Aurier||Another improved performance from the right back and scored a cracking goal to boot. Mourinho might have got a player out of Aurier.|
|Toby Alderweireld||Lost Semedo for the second Olympiacos goal, but played well apart from that.|
|Davinson Sanchez||Played well and made a few good tackles and interceptions to prevent Olympiacos when they were looking to extend their lead.|
|Danny Rose||Played OK. Poorly dealt with the ball down his side for the first goal and was at the near post but too far out to cut out the ball across for the second. Tightened up in the second half.|
|Eric Dier||Unfortunate to be the one hauled off for Eriksen, but it was Mourinho's desire to change the shape of the team.|
|Harry Winks||Got caught on the ball and caught giving it away in the first half, but movement in front of him was limited. As the game went on, drove forward more and got his tackles in.|
|Lucas Moura||Looked keen to run at the full back on his side and showed good awareness to get the ball to set up the second Spurs goal.|
|Dele Alli||Flicks, tricks and a goal to boot. Dele is on the way back !|
|Heung-Min Son||A good game making good runs and although he didn't score, deserves to be seen as playing well without needing to do so.|
|Harry Kane||Looked stranded up front for much of the first half, but notched two strikers goals that put the match out of Olympiacos' reach.|
|Christian Eriksen||Brought on at half an hour gone and prompted Spurs forward, giving Olympiacos a problem as their previous attacking approach would have left him free. Excellent cross for Kane's goal and close with another free-kick.|
|Moussa Sissoko||Stiffened up the right flank when the game was at 2-2. Solid substitute's performance.|
|Tanguy Ndombele||Came on at the end and held the ball well and found white shirts with his passes.|
|Giovani Lo Celso||Unused.|
|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Galatasaray (TUR)||1||Club Brugge (BEL)||1||Tuesday|
|Real Madrid (SPA)||2||Paris Saint Germain (FRA)||2||Tuesday|
|Red Star Belgrade (SER)||0||Bayern Munich (GER)||6||Tuesday|
|Atalanta (ITA)||2||Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)||0||Tuesday|
|Manchester City||1||Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)||1||Tuesday|
|Juventus (ITA)||1||Atletico Madrid (SPA)||0||Tuesday|
|Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)||0||Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)||2||Tuesday|
|Liverpool||1||SSC Napoli (ITA)||1||Wednesday|
|KRC Genk (BEL)||1||Red Bull Salzburg (AUS)||4||Wednesday|
|Slavia Prague (CZE)||1||Internazionale (ITA)||3||Wednesday|
|Barcelona (SPA)||3||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||1||Wednesday|
|Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)||2||Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)||0||Wednesday|
|RB Leipzig (GER)||2||Benfica (POR)||2||Wednesday|
|Lille (FRA)||0||Ajax (HOL)||2||Wednesday|
|3||Red Star Belgrade||5||1||0||4||3||19||3||-16|
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Position after match : 2nd
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