Spurs currently top Group D, but concerns are beginning to mount up given the quality of the football Spurs have produced, recent high-profile domestic losses, and, the mounting pressure of injuries.
ONE Heung Son Min has been less than prolific in the Champions League. For a so-called talismanic player, one would hope for a better return in Europe’s top-flight competition, than scoring in just one game, albeit it twice against Eintracht Frankfurt.
TWO Spurs’ backline needs to be less involved in play unless they are actually defending. The amount of pressure and crisis management that has been precipitated by the likes of Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier pinging the ball about to each other to no good purpose has been shameful.
THREE A recent report in the Mail Online suggested that the players (not for the first time were unhappy with the degree and intensity of Conte’s training. After the complete lack of intensity in all our big matches so far this season, in all competitions, the players need to seriously look at themselves and endeavour to reach the standards of Antonio’s footballing CV.
Sporting are doing well domestically and if they can teleport that form into this competition, then substandard Tottenham, even at home, could come a cropper.
Sporting put their own duo of defeats behind them by returning to the top four of Portugal’s Primera Liga, and a repeat of their 2-0 triumph over Tottenham in the reverse fixture could add more value to the reputation of Rúben Amorim, who was thought to be in the mix for the Villa job.