Tottenham fans have not had a good time at all as of late, but there have been a few glimmers of hope, and given that the last one of those came in the Champions League against Crvena Zvezda, the fact that the Lilywhites have got the return clash against the Serbian side later today is certainly good news.
Whether or not this time around the clash in Europe will be quite as easy as their previous meeting against Red Star is yet to be seen, but their opponents are certainly better at home than they are away, seeing as last season all of their points in Europe were picked up at home (Transfermarkt).
However, the Serbian outfit are still very beatable. Their only win in the Champions League this season came at home against Olympiacos, however, they’ve still scored 31 goals in their last ten games in all competitions, winning nine of those ten and only failing to beat Spurs in London a few weeks back (Transfermarkt).
As tough as this clash will be for Spurs, though, it’s certainly a very winnable tie for the Lilywhites. The fans are desperate for a win given that they haven’t won a game in the Premier League in four attempts, losing to Brighton and Liverpool whilst drawing against Watford and Everton, and a win tonight would go down a treat.
It’s up to Mauricio Pochettino to make this happen, and if he can get a win under his belt then it will surely relieve the pressure on the Argentine given his poor start to the season at the club. Whilst it certainly won’t be easy, winning this clash and extending the gap between 2nd and 3rd in the group to four points will give them a great chance of progressing to the knockout stages.
Is Pochettino still the right man for Tottenham Hotspur?
No way, Poch out
Tonight will be the fourth of six games in the Champions League group stages and we’re now approaching crunch time for the Lilywhites, a win would hugely relieve the pressure on them and put one foot in the round of sixteen, although it will take a much better performance than we’ve seen of late to make it happen.