OPPONENTS Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena
COMPETITION Champions League   Group B
DATE Wednesday 11th December 2019
PREVIEW With positions one and two already sorted in this group, the only thing left to play for would be pride, but it may be a dead rubber that sees both sides give youth a chance.  While Spurs might leave big name stars at home, Bayern might still put out a half decent side, with Lewandowski seeking a goal to establish a new scoring record in group games over Cristiano Ronaldo and the team will be looking to get back on track after successive defeats in the Bundesliga. 

Since sacking Niko Kovac shortly after beating us 7-2, Bayern have had mixed results at home, while in the Champions League they have won all their group games so far, including a 6-0 away demolition of Crevena zvezda.  Tottenham will be seeking revenge of that heavy defeat, but with a shadow squad travelling for the match, it may be that individual performances are of more import than the result.

"The likes of" Skipp, Parrott, Sessegnon, Wanyama, Foyth and Walker-Peters could feature at some stage and there might even be a look in for one of the young keepers - Whiteman or Austin - if Jose decides to give them an opportunity to show what they can do.  Lo Celso should get a start and it will be a good test to see how he can create for whoever plays in front of him.  Lots of Spurs fans are looking forward to seeing Troy Parrott get his opportunity, but it will be a tough task up against experienced international opposition.

With players like Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, Philippe Coutinho, David Alaba and Benjamin Pavard, Bayern have strength all over the pitch and with young players such as Gnabry, Coman, Davies, Goretzka and Singh, they have hungry up and coming stars to vie for places in the first team.  Interim manager Herr Flick needs to convince the hiearchy in Bavaria that he is the man to take them forward, so he will be seeking a win to enhance his credentials too.

It is difficult to predict the outcome with so many changes to both sides and how much they will put into the game.  Young players will have the chance to impress, so will give it 100, while Bayern will be looking to establish a club first in winning all six group matches.  I expect the home team to come out on top and that may even have been the case with full strength XIs, but hopefully Spurs can give it a go against a top side and that will give confidence going into the knock-out stages and experience for the young players who get out on the pitch.

PREDICTION Bayern Munich    2        Tottenham Hotspur    0
Spurs have Erik Lamela, Ben Davies, Harry Winks, Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Tanguy Ndombele for the trip to Munich, with Jose Mourinho likely to rest some other players for this match with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier staying at home.

Bayern will be without injured players Süle, Hernández, Arp and Cuisance, but may field some youngsters to rest some of their bigger names.


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Champions League Group B Kick off 20:00 (UK time)
Bayern Munich  3 (2)  
Tottenham Hotspur  1 (1)

Coman  13m 19s
Muller  44m 21s
Coutinho  63m 29s


Sessegnon  19m 10s

Crowd :   70,000 Weather :  Dry, but cold
Referee : Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Assistant Referees :  Filippo Meli (ITA); Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Fourth Official :  Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)  
Video Assistant Referee :  Paolo Valeri (ITA) Video Assistant Referee Assistant :  Marco Di Bello (ITA)
UEFA Delegate :  Ganna Bordiugova (UKR) UEFA Referee Observer :  Markus Nobs (SUI)
Bayern Munich kicked off in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + ? minutes.
Kimmich (body-check on Lo Celso off the ball)  36 


Lo Celso (being body-checked by Kimmich)  36 


Bayern Munich : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Manuel NEUER

  5  Benjamin PAVARD
  8  Javi MARTINEZ  (18  Leon GORETZKA  86)
  Jerome BOATENG
19  Alphonso DAVIES

  6  Thiago ALCANTARA
32  Joshua KIMMICH      
  Philippe COUTINHO

22  Serge GNABRY
14  Ivan PERISIC  (35  Joshua ZIRKZEE  86)
29  Kingsley COMAN  (25  Thomas MULLER  27)

Unused subs: 
  Sarpreet SINGH
3  Lars Lukas MAI


  22  Paulo GAZZANIGA

21  Juan FOYTH
  3  Danny ROSE

17  Moussa SISSOKO
Eric DIER  (c)  (12  Victor WANYAMA  81)

18  Giovani LO CELSO       (29  Oliver SKIPP  65)
23  Christian ERIKSEN

27  Lucas MOURA  (  7  Heung-Min SON  65)

Unused subs: 
  Brandon AUSTIN
  6  Davinson SANCHEZ
39  Japhet TANGANGA

Manager :  Hans-Dieter Flick Manager :  Jose Mourinho
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Match report

A game that meant little of consequence in the final standings in the Group table saw Spurs play a withdrawn game and lose out 3-1 to Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.  With some of the stalwarts of the Spurs die left at home, it was a mix and match XI that kicked off and with Bayern resting a couple of their top names, it was more of a try-out to see how players performed.

Within two minutes Spurs could have been a goal down, with Gnabry going through onto a straight ball beyond the defence, but with only Gazzaniga between him and a goal, he managed to knock the ball wide.  As it turned out, there was an offside flag, so it wouldn't have counted anyway.  When Spurs did get the ball, Rose found Moura and he played in Sessegnon up the left and the youngster's pace took him away from the red shirts, firing in a shot that Neuer took in his stomach. 

Bayern were having the biggest share of possession, but couldn't do a lot with it.  Coman crossed behind and then Foyth played the ball off him as he chased it into the box.  When Coman and Perisic worked a good position on their left, the ball in to the far post picked out Pavard, who truck a powerful volley that Paulo reacted well to stop, but it fell in front of goal in the six yard box.  Thiago got to the ball, but his follow-up lacked any power and it went into Gazzaniga's arms.  It was an escape, but not for long.  The ball started off on the left and was played inside to Gnabry.  His pass to his left picked out Coman, with Kyle Walker-Peters being drawn inside and Eriksen not tracking a runner, so the midfielder was left with time to pass the ball past Gazzaniga's left to open the scoring in the 14th minute.  On the balance of the play it wasn't an unfair score-line. 

Bayern were pushing up to try and win the ball high.  It didn't work when Tottenham got the ball on their right and Dier and Eriksen worked the ball infield to Lo Celso.  He looked up to his left and played a square pass to Ryan Sessegnon on the 18 yard line.  It popped up, but he steadied himself to wait for it to come down and he rifled a rocket of a shot past Neuer at his near post to level the score.  The strike was a pure hit and the sheer power beat the keeper, with the effort past him before he knew it.

A sadder sight happened in the 24th minute, when Coman chased a ball that was going out for a throw, but his studs got stuck in the turf throwing him up into the air and as he hit the ground, you could see the pain etched on his face.   He hobbled away but the knee injury didn't look good.  It brought Thomas Muller into the game and he was soon involved trying to get on the end of Perisic's fierce near post cross, but he got a hand on it to concede a free kick.  That was after Lo Celso fired over the bar after Eriksen had won the ball off Pavard in his own penalty area, but Sessegnon had been offside.  

The Tottenham wide men were finding space and when Walker-Peters' cross missed Moura in the middle, Sessegnon retrieved it and his cut-back was not read by Eriksen.  When the Dane then played Sissoko through on the right, it looked like he could be in for another goal, but he tried to chop a cross into the middle and over-hit it, missing everyone out.  Danny Rose put in a good block to cut out Muller's low cross from the Bayern right, with the Bayern man wanting a penalty, although Danny's arm was nowhere near it.  Kimmich seemed to be trying to intimidate Lo Celso by barging into him off the ball, which earned the German a yellow card (as did Giovani for some reason !), but he was involved in finding Gnabry outside him to his right and his shot cannoned off the foot of Gazzaniga's right hand post and then Thiago somehow managed to put the ball wide from in front of the goal. 

Alphonso Davies crossed from the left and Rose's header went straight to Gnabry, who played a one-two, with Davies coming in at the far post and side-footing against the base of the post and this time it went to Muller who drove it home from five yards out.  It was a goal that might have come sooner, but it was a good build-up and Spurs were a bit all over the place.  A goal just before half-time for Bayern to lead 2-1 going into the break wasn't what the Spurs players would probably want, with it echoing the first meeting, but it could have been worse.  Just into added time, Spurs allowed Coutinho to move forward with the ball and he struck what seemed like an unstoppable shot.  Luckily, Paulo got the tiniest of fingertips to the ball that hit the bar and bounced down on the line.  It was a moment when the game could have turned massively against Spurs, but the half-time whistle gave Mourinho a chance to get his message over to the team.

The start of the second half saw Bayern pile on the pressure, with some corners and two shots from Coutinho.  One on target was saved by Gazzaniga and the second flew over the bar.   Two Spurs players took blows to the face.  Walker-Peters got the ball flush in the mush causing a lot of bleeding form his nose, while Rose got Thiago's arm in his face, but recovered quickly.  Tottenham were rarely getting the ball out of their own half, with Bayern dominating possession without threatening too much in the first fifteen minutes of the half.   Mourinho decided on a change, so brought on Skipp and Son for  Lo Celso and Moura.  It was only after Bayern had gone 3-1 ahead though.  Countinho had another shot that brought a save from Paulo, but when the defence stood off him 20 yards out, he bent the ball around Sissoko and Foyth to beat Gazzaniga's dive to his left to bury the ball in the bottom corner. 

Spurs didn't really have an outlet to relieve the pressure and so the ball kept on coming back at the Tottenham defence.  With players seemingly had enough, Bayern were passing the ball around and without much of a press, they could pick men out without too much thinking.  Gnabry fired a low shot that Gazzaniga got behind, but Tottenham should have got something when Eriksen put Son away on the right.  However, he slowed up in the box and Davies got back to deny him a shooting chance.  Spurs had moved the ball well out of the back in that move, although Dier's pass to Skipp put him under pressure, but the youngster did well to keep the ball and it was moved quickly to open up the Germans. 

A foul by Martinez on Eriksen saw the Spurs midfielder get up to take the free-kick that dipped viciously in front of Neuer, who did well to squirt it out for a corner.   Walker-Peters got free on the right wing but his cross was high and too far in front of Son, when perhaps a pull-back to Eriksen or Sessegnon would have been the better option.  There was a good chance five minutes form the end when Eriksen floated a left wing free-kick into the middle of the goal and three Spurs players failed to get a touch to it.

Gazzaniga pushed a shot from Coutinho over the bar with a minute to go in the 90, as Walker-Peters forced him onto his left foot.  In added time at the end of the game, Son was sent through on goal but his shot low and Neuer stuck out a foot to stop it, then Sessegnon crossed into a dangerous position, but nobody got on the end of it. 

It was a bit of a half-paced game and there were a  lot of Spurs players who ran an awful lot, but it was another lesson in taking your chances.  Bayern did at Spurs.  Spurs did against Burnley.  Bayern did tonight, but Spurs didn't.  The high press by Bayern might have been punished with a full strength Tottenham team, but this evening, all it did was allow the red shirts forward time and time again.  It was an odd performance by Spurs, who neither went with the attacking option nor all out defence.  We got lots of players back behind the ball, some with more commitment than others, but on the break, we struggled to manoeuvre the ball past the Bayern defence enough to trouble them.  There were chances, but we didn't punish the German side and they could have had a few more than they finished with.

We were already through and in second place, so we knew it will be one of the group winners we face in the Round of 16.  With a stronger XI, it will be a test, whoever we are pitched in with.

Terry Billington

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How the players did
Paulo Gazzaniga Didn't have much chance with the goals and did well to get the faintest of touches to take Coutinho's shot onto the bar just before the interval.
Kyle Walker-Peters Was exposed at the start of the game, with little protection in front of him.  Stuck at it and did better as the game went on and got forward too.
Toby Alderweireld Solid as usual but failed to marshal the defence as  the senior man back there.
Juan Foyth Played well and looked assured on the ball.
Danny Rose Usual mixture these days.  Some poor decisions in defending and some good tackles and interceptions.  Needs to sharpen up as his comments about his contract are not doing him any favours
Eric Dier Another one how had a mixed game.  Acted as the pivot that the team played around, but his passing often found a red shirt. 
Moussa Sissoko Decent game, but another who was failed by poor decision making.  His cross/shot/whatever it was when he had options to pick out could have changed the game.
Giovani Lo Celso Disappointing.  Looked lightweight and although he did show some good passing and awareness, I am not sure how long he will have before Mourinho makes a decision on him.
Christian Eriksen Started the game sharply, but faded into the second half, jogging around when he didn't have the ball.
Ryan Sessegnon One bright spark despite Mourinho's comments.  Ryan looked Gareth Bale dangerous down the left with some flickers taking us back to the Maicon days.  Needs to be more involved, but a good first start and took his goal very well.
Lucas Moura Disappointing really.  Didn't really take on the Bayern defence and did a lot of chasing and challenging for the ball up front on his own, but isolated.
Heung-Min Son Had a couple of one-on-ones with Neuer and the keeper won out.
Oliver Skipp Did well with a few tackles and used the ball sensibly.
Victor Wanyama Came on, but didn't do much to influence the game.
Brandon Austin Unused.
Davinson Sanchez Unused.
Japhet Tanganga Unused.
Troy Parrott Unused.



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Other scores this round :
Club Brugge (BEL) 1 Real Madrid (SPA) 3 Wednesday
Paris Saint Germain (FRA) 5 Galatasarary (TUR) 0 Wednesday
Olympiacos (GRE) 1 Red Star Belgrade (SER) 0 Wednesday
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 0 Atalanta (ITA) 3 Wednesday
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 1 Manchester City 4 Wednesday
04 Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 0 Juventus (ITA) 2 Wednesday
Atletico Madrid (SPA) 2 Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS) 0 Wednesday
SSC Napoli (ITA) 4 Genk (BEL) 0 Tuesday
Red Bull Salzburg (AUS) 0 Liverpool 2 Tuesday
Internazionale (ITA) 1 Barcelona (SPA) 2 Tuesday
Borussia Dortmund (GER) 2 Slavia Prague (CZE) 1 Tuesday
Benfica (POR) 3 Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) 0 Tuesday
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 2 RB Leipzig (GER) 2 Tuesday
Ajax (HOL) 0 Valencia (SPA) 1 Tuesday
Chelsea 2 Lille (FRA) 1 Tuesday



Group B Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Bayern Munich 6 6 0 0 24 5 18 +19
2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 6 3 1 2 18 14 10 +4
3 Olympiacos 6 1 1 4 8 14 4 -5
4 Red Star Belgrade 6 1 0 5 3 20 3 -17

Position before match :  2nd
Position after this round of matches :  2nd


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