Conte insists Spurs need time to fight for titles
Group D is delicately poised and could provide some fireworks as the Champions League group stages wind down. Antonio Conte’sTottenham are in prime position at the top of the table, but they only have a one-point lead over Marseille and tonight’s opponent’s Sporting CP. Should Spurs win this evening’s clash they will be guaranteed a spot in the knockout rounds and may even finish top of the group if Eintracht Frankfurt also beat Marseille in the other fixture.
Tottenham’s winning momentum has taken a hit though after consecutive defeats in the Premier League with Newcastle United beating them 2-1 on Sunday following a 2-0 loss to Manchester United last week. A victory over Sporting, securing Champions League qualification in the process, would be a welcome boost for Conte’s men who have seen their form all away since the injuries to Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison.
The previous clash between Spurs and Sporting was memorable for its ending. In an even contest Tottenham created the better chances but couldn’t open the scoring and the match looked to be heading for a certain draw until Paulinho netted in the 90th minute before Arthur added a second three minutes into stoppage time to leave Conte’s men shaking in disbelief. That loss should keep Tottenham wary of the Portuguese side as they search for a more positive result this time around.
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Tottenham 0-0 Sporting
Lucas released down the right and cuts inside, pulling back to Hojbjerg.
The Dane’s shot is poor though and skids wide for a goal kick.
Jack Rathborn26 October 2022 20:05
Tottenham 0-0 Sporting
A cracking atmosphere at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Anorim already out screaming, Sporting playing out from the back nicely within two minutes.
Jack Rathborn26 October 2022 20:02
Tottenham vs Sporting
Can Spurs bounce back from Sunday’s loss to Newcastle?
The pressure is on, but Conte has fielded an attack-minded team.
Time to deliver. We’ll have updates from Frankfurt vs Marseille throughout tonight.
Jack Rathborn26 October 2022 19:51
Barcelona knocked out of Champions League as Inter Milan progress from Group C
Elsewhere in the Champions League, Inter Milan have secured their place in the last 16.
It’s at the expense of Barcelona, who are now six points off the Nerazzurri with an inferior head-to-head record.
Inter can still claim top spot with Bayern two points ahead, although the Germans only need two points or a draw in the final game with the Italians having already beaten them 2-0 in Milan.
Jack Rathborn26 October 2022 19:37
Ben Davies on Tottenham’s hopes in Champions League
“It’s probably the most important game we’ve had in the group. It’s important to try to finish the job tomorrow and put us in the position where we can go to Marseille without needing a result.
“We know we’re up against a very good team. They are going to cause us some difficulties but we have to be ready for it. We know we have to be at our best.
“We’ve given ourselves every chance of going through this group. We have two big games left and hopefully we can secure qualification tomorrow.
“As a team, we are growing. We really believe that we could have played a lot better in the other games so far. There is definitely more to come for us.
“We’re a team working hard every day and our biggest aim is to get better and better. Hopefully, that can continue in this competition.”
Jack Rathborn26 October 2022 19:34
Tottenham vs Sporting team news analysis
Well then, Conte does go for more width and ball-carrying ability in the shape of Lucas.
Perisic is lining up at wing-back too, so Spurs should have the double team down both flanks when the choose.
The game should be set up nicely in that respect.
Can Edwards impact the game and find the half-spaces between the Spurs wing-backs and outside centre-backs?
Jack Rathborn26 October 2022 19:12
Tottenham vs Sporting confirmed lineups
Tottenham XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Son, Kane, Lucas Moura
Sporting XI: Adán; Inácio, Coates, Reis; Pedro Porro, Ugarte, Morita, Nuno Santos; Edwards, Paulinho, Trincao
Jack Rathborn26 October 2022 19:02
Wales defender Ben Davies focused on Tottenham with World Cup on horizon
The Spurs defender is set to be part of the Wales squad for next month’s tournament, which will be their first appearance at a World Cup since 1958 and only second in total.
Club colleague Richarlison recently sustained an injury that left the Brazilian in tears due to fears he may miss out on featuring for his national team in Qatar.
Jack Rathborn26 October 2022 18:53
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Antonio Conte still yet to show he is Tottenham’s man for the big occasion
It may have been Sir Alex Ferguson’s second-most famous three-word phrase, not quite “football, bloody hell” but an addition to the sport’s lexicon nonetheless. “Lads, it’s Tottenham,” the magnificently damning team talk, was true then. It rarely has been in the Mauricio Pochettino years or, in a different way, in Antonio Conte’s reign. The Italian is the ranting antidote to the softness Ferguson inferred. In his own way, he brings intensity and identity to any club he manages.
Jack Rathborn26 October 2022 18:35