|COMPETITION||Champions League Group B|
|DATE||Tuesday 22nd October 2019|
Currently sitting atop of the Serbian Superliga by four points and
with a game in hand, Crvena zvezda (or Red Star Belgrade as we more
commonly know them) have an enviable record in their homeland, being
the best side since the Superliga was created in 2006. They beat
Olympiacos last time out, so second place seems to be between us and
them and just under a year ago, they beat Liverpool on their turf.
Not to be under-estimated, although they failed to get a shot on target when they played Bayern in their first group game, Crvena will no doubt play with a fair degree of passion (as evidenced by their five yellow cards v Olympiacos, so Tottenham will have to be willing to match that desire and be ready to fight for the right to play. While the Crevna squad is not packed with big names (other than in the number of letters in them), there are a few familiar faces that pop out of their squad. Marko Marin, who is their captain, used to play at Chelsea before going on a million loans and faced us in our first Champions League season when he was with Werder Bremen. He is an attacking midfielder and played only 6 games for Chelsea, but was farmed out to Sevilla, Fiorentina, Trabzonspor and Anderlecht. Also, ironically, he played for Olympiacos before moving to Serbia. The other name is a former Wolves and Huddersfield winger Rajiv van la Parra, who also had spells on loan at Brighton and Middlesbrough. Defensive midfielder Jose Canas had a season with SwanseaOf the others, defender Milos Degenek played for 1860 Munich and Yokohama F. Marinos as well as being an Australian international and former Portuguese U21 international Tomane was at Vitoria Guimaraes, while the others have mainly plied their trade in Serbia.
I'm not that familiar with their playing style, but I think they will be aware of the problems Spurs are having and come to stifle the play with the hope of getting a point, with a bonus of something on the break. Tottenham are still not great at breaking sides down who are compact and defend in numbers, but they need to up the tempo from the start to pressure Red Star.
Hopefully Spurs can keep it
tight at the back and run the opposition ragged to gain three
valuable points in the group table.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 2 Crvena zvezda 0|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Christian Eriksen is fit, while Ryan Sessegnon is in training but not yet match fit. Giovani Lo Celso might be up for consideration and Hugo Lloris is ruled out with his elbow injury.
CRVENA ZVEZDA TEAM NEWS :
Crvena will be without the marvellously named striker Richmond Boakye, who is injured.
|Champions League Group B||Kick off 20.00|
|Tottenham Hotspur 5 (3)||
Kane 08m 44s
Milunovic (foul on Lo Celso) 83
|Crowd : 51,743||Weather : Dry, mild, but got chillier as the game went on|
|Referee : Marco Guida (ITA)||Assistant Referees : Filippo Meli; Ciro Carbone (ITA)|
|Fourth Official : Maurizio Mariani (ITA)|
|Video Assistant Referee : Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)||Assistant Video Assistant Referee : Stefano Alassio (ITA)|
|UEFA Delegate : Per Eliasson (SWE)||UEFA Referee Observer : Marc Batta (FRA)|
|Red Star Belgrade kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + ? minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Crvena zvezda :||kit|
10 Harry KANE (c)
|Manager : Mauricio Pochettino||Manager : Vladan Milojević|
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A vibrant performance from an under pressure Tottenham side put Red Star to the sword and three first half goals almost guaranteed that the three points from this Champions League match would be staying in North London. A final score-line of 5-0 did not under-estimate the overall dominance Spurs had over the visitors, whose play was sloppy and they regularly handed possession to Tottenham putting pressure on their defence.
Installing the subs who made
such a difference to the team on Saturday - Ndombele, Son and Lamela
- Spurs looked on it from the start, with players snapping into
tackles and moving the ball quickly and moving off it just as fast.
A move in the third minute saw Davies ply it up to Dele, who
exchanging passes with Son set Kane free on the left. As he turned
his marker, he looked to shoot, but his feet slipped from under him
to allow Red Star to escape. Then Lamela went down the right freed
by Aurier and his low cross was taken at the near post by the
Erik Lamelaís 200th Tottenham appearance.
The 5-0 winning margin set a
new record for a victory in the Champions League for Tottenham.
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|How the players did|
|Eric Dier||Solid when defending and got forward to shoot just past the post. Looked fit and will be a welcome returner to the squad.|
|Giovani Lo Celso||Got a bit of physical attention when he came on, but looked comfortable on the ball and will improve with more on-pitch time.|
|Juan Foyth||Broke up play with good interceptions and moved the ball forward.|
|What you thought|
|Other scores this round :|
|Galatasarary (TUR)||0||Real Madrid (SPA)||1||Tuesday|
|Club Brugge (BEL)||0||Paris Saint Germain (FRA)||5||Tuesday|
|Olympiacos (GRE)||2||Bayern Munich (GER)||3||Tuesday|
|Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)||2||Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)||2||Tuesday|
|Manchester City||5||Atalanta (ITA)||1||Tuesday|
|Atletico Madrid (SPA)||1||04 Bayer Leverkusen (GER)||0||Tuesday|
|Juventus (ITA)||2||Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)||1||Tuesday|
|Red Bull Salzburg (AUS)||2||SSC Napoli (ITA)||3||Wednesday|
|Internazionale (ITA)||2||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||0||Wednesday|
|Slavia Prague (CZE)||1||Barcelona (SPA)||2||Wednesday|
|Benfica (POR)||2||Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)||1||Wednesday|
|RB Leipzig (GER)||2||Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)||1||Wednesday|
|Lille (FRA)||1||Valencia (SPA)||1||Wednesday|
|Group B Table|
|3||Red Star Belgrade||3||1||0||2||3||9||3||-6|
Position before match :
Position after match : 2nd
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