Red Star Belgrade v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2019

It's been a season of highs and lows for Tottenham Hotspur fans.

Even that weekend's subsequent defeat against league-leading Liverpool at Anfield showed glimpses of improvement - but another last-gasp gut-punch at Everton on Sunday showed Spurs are still struggling to turn the page on their poor start this year.

"If we win, we'd be in a great spot to qualify and then in the knockout stages, as you saw previous year, it can go anyone's way so that's what we've got to take".

Boss Mauricio Pochettino will face the media at the Rajko Mitic Stadium this evening.

Red Star have not been beaten in at home the Champions League - or in its previous iteration - by English opposition in four attempts.

The Serbian champions defeated European champions Liverpool in the pool stage last season and Milojevic has hopes of another notable victory.

"Red Star Belgrade put themselves in the shop window when they play at home, but they freeze away from home", Nicholas told Sky Sports.

Red Star came closing to equalising on the stroke of halftime in nearly identical fashion as Dutch forward Rajiv Van la Parra hit the post and the rebound cannoned off Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez on to the crossbar.

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Well-organised, physically strong and disciplined across the park, Red Star also have quality in key areas - most notably in the number 10 position occupied by former Chelsea and Werder Bremen man Marko Marin. Dele Alli scoring against Everton forces the hand there, but where does Lucas Moura stand?

Giovani Lo Celso could finally get a start for Spurs, feature in the attacking midfield role.

But he travelled to Belgrade and Pochettino says he is in good form.

Betfred have Spurs to keep a second Champions League clean sheet in a row at 13/8.

Furthermore, Red Star fans were banned from attending the reverse fixture a fortnight ago by UEFA after they were found guilty of racism during a qualifying round match in Finland in July.

However, Erik Lamela remains out with a thigh injury while Jan Vertonghen is also ruled out of the game due to a hamstring complaint.

He scored against Greek side Olympiacos in their last home match of this season's competition.

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