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Memorable Wembley night as Spurs crush Dortmund

It was a memorable evening in London when Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Borussia Dortmund to Wembley in the Champions League.

 Spurs produced an unforgettable display, cruising to an emphatic 3-0 victory on Wednesday in the last-16 first leg.

An unbelievable finish from Heung-Min Son, coupled with a rare moment of magic from Jan Vertognhen set Mauricio Pochettino’s men on their way.

Just when the Spurs faithful thought they had enough, Fernando Llorente stepped off the bench to bury Christian Eriksen’s corner with five minutes left.

Former Manchester City prodigy Jadon Sancho showed his brilliance but it wasn’t enough as Spurs made a huge step closer to the quarter-finals.

Spurs managed the result even without star duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli, the pair still absent due to injury.

The surprise, though, was Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to start Son up front instead of Llorente.

It ultimately proved a masterstroke as the South Korean troubled the Germans with his pace and movement.

Christian Pulisic thought he had given Dortmund the lead after 15 minutes only to be stopped by Hugo Lloris.

The Frenchman was called into action again when Axel Witsel tried his luck from just outside the box. He was equal to the task again.

As if that wasn’t enough, Lloris then produced another unbelievable save to keep out Dan-Axel Zagadou’s deflected header on the brink of half-time.

The hosts began the second half on a front foot and expectedly it was Son Heung-min who put them in front.

Vertonghen’s incredible cross from the left dropped perfectly for the Korean who cushioned the ball beyond Roman Burki and into the Dortmund net in the 47th minute.

Soon after, it was the Belgian’s turn, storming onto Serge Aurier’s pinpoint cross to smash a beautiful volley home.

At this point, Spurs were in absolute control, dictating the game’s pace and tempo.

Llorente had other plans, though, registering his name on the scoresheet with an excellent nod to give Lucien Favre’s men an uphill task in Germany.

What an incredible night for the team and all the fans – can Spurs go all the way in the Champions League?

This season it feels like there is no clear favourite to win the competition and Pochettino will be desperate to add a major trophy to his CV.

In terms of major trophies, they don’t get much bigger than the Champions League, but the club will face much sterner tests before having the chance to lift the trophy.

Janssen Injured, Kane Rested: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face CSKA Moscow

Spurs are out the Champions League, and I didn’t expect to be saying when the draw was made in August that our last game at Wembley will be for a place in the Europa League. If Spurs avoid defeat, then a place in Europe’s secondary competition will be secured. 

It could be a game of rotation at Wembley, but Spurs will be without Erik Lamela, who is still injured but has flown home to sort out a family issue and Vincent Janssen, who misses out with an ankle injury. Toby Alderweireld will return to the squad and Ben Davies is nearing a return to the starting line-up. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face CSKA Moscow at Wembley.

GK: Michel Vorm

With this game of little importance, Hugo Lloris could be rested. Vorm played well at the start of the season when the Frenchman was injured, and I think he might start here.

RB: Kieran Trippier

This might be a night of rotation for Mauricio Pochettino at Wembley. Trippier was boarderline awful in Monaco, and might get given a chance to redeem himself here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

Another chance for redemption, this time for Kevin Wimmer. He wasn’t great against Monaco, and he wasn’t the best at Chelsea either, but he could well play in his proper position at centre-back here.

CB: Eric Dier

Pochettino has said that Toby Alderweireld will return to the squad against CSKA Moscow, but I doubt he will start with the crunch clash at Old Trafford against Manchester United looming. Eric Dier could make an appearance here.

LB: Ben Davies

It has been confirmed that the Welsh is close to a return from injury, and he could well make an appearance. Danny Rose may be rested with the trip to Old Trafford in mind.

‘Cost Us The Game’ Spurs Fans Fuming With Midfielder After Monaco Defeat

Spurs crashed out of the Champions League last night at the hands of Monaco after only five group stage games following a shambolic 2-1 defeat. Spurs fans were not at all impressed.

Spurs started the game brightly, but this lasted for only eight or nine minutes before Hugo Lloris came to Spurs’ rescue to save a penalty just ten minutes into the game. However, Heung-min Son had an excellent chance to fire the Lilywhites ahead just six minutes in.

A lovely ball was slotted through and Son was in behind a very high Monaco back line. He just had to beat the keeper in a one-on-one, but failed to even get a shot off as he tried to round Subasic. He was forced wide and the chance was gone.

Aside from this absolute howler, Son failed to put a foot right in the rest of the game. He lost the ball on numerous occasions and looked scared to go into any tackles. It was a terrible performance from Son, who was key to Spurs’ win on Saturday against West Ham.

Spurs fans were rightly furious, and this is how they reacted to the South Korean’s display in Monaco.

Player Ratings: Monaco 2-1 Spurs – A Night To Forget…

Spurs were eliminated from the Champions League after just five matches on Tuesday night as they fell to a crushing 2-1 defeat at Monaco, in what was a terrible performance in a must-win game.

Spurs were lucky to go into the break level after Monaco missed a penalty, but fell behind after 48 minutes. Harry Kane levelled things up again from the spot four minutes later, but Spurs could not hold on for more than a minute as Monaco went ahead once again straight after Kane’s leveller.

The Lilywhites failed to come back from behind again as they crashed out of the Champions League in disappointing fashion. Here are the Spurs player ratings.

Hugo Lloris- 7

The Frenchman was the only Spurs player that actually had a good game. He saved the penalty, and made two or three magnificent saves to keep Spurs even slightly in the game.

Kieran Trippier- 4

Allowed way too much to come down his side. Also offered very little going forward, a very poor display. For me, Kyle Walker should have started this one.

Eric Dier- 4

Dier has built up a good partnership with Jan Vertonghen, and did not look the same defender playing alongside Kevin Wimmer. He was reckless at times, giving away the penalty. A very off-colour performance.

Kevin Wimmer- 4

I said Wimmer wasn’t too bad in the game against Arsenal. But boy, was he bad here! Very much like Dier, he didn’t look like he had anything in response to most of what the Monaco attack was throwing at Spurs.

Danny Rose- 4

Just like Trippier, Rose allowed too much to come down his side. He was caught out of position on countless occasions and I am surprised that Spurs conceded only two goals.

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‘I’ll Never Forgive Him’ Spurs Fans Slam This Man Following Champions League Exit

Spurs were dumped out of the Champions League after just five group stage matches following a shambolic 2-1 defeat at the hands of group winners Monaco.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went to Monaco knowing that they realistically needed a win to stand a reasonable chance of progressing to the last 16, but they had the fact in the back of their mind after CSKA’s 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen, that a point would have been enough for now.

However, Spurs put in a shambolic first half performance, the highlight of which being Heung-min Son failing to convert a one-on-one chance with the Monaco keeper, failing to even get a shot off. Minutes later, Hugo Lloris saved a penalty and kept Spurs in the game, and were lucky to go into the break level.

Spurs fell behind shortly after the break, but were handed a lifeline when Dele Alli was fouled inside the box, and the referee pointed to the spot. Harry Kane stepped up to score his third penalty in three and fire Spurs back into contention. But in less than a minute, Spurs found themselves behind again. This time they did not recover and were dumped out of the Champions League.

Question marks were raised at the start of the evening regarding Mauricio Pochettino’s team selection, that saw both Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen drop to the bench. It seemed that the Argentine was looking ahead to the Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

This caused huge anger among many Spurs fans, and failed to see how Pochettino failed to field his strongest team in a match of such great importance. Here is how they reacted on Twitter following the defeat, directing a lot of criticism towards the Spurs manager.

Three Changes! The 3-5-2 Starting XI That Will Beat Monaco In Must-Win Champions League Fixture

The whole Spurs squad will be on a high following that dramatic win over London rivals West Ham on Saturday, and need to take that confidence into a must-win Champions League fixture against Monaco on Tuesday night. 

Spurs have picked up just four points from four group stage matches so far, and could be eliminated if they fail to win in Monaco. Tottenham will be without Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies for this crucial clash. Taking those injuries into account, here is how Spurs should lineup if they are to beat Monaco.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has been key to much of Spurs’ success this season, and if it was not for some of the saves Lloris has made, Spurs could be out of the Champions League already after just four matches.

CB: Eric Dier

The key to success in Monaco will be a back three. Dier has formed a good partnership with Vertonghen whilst Alderweireld has been out, and I expect the England inernational will play alongside the Belgian once again here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen has really stepped up and performed since Alderweireld’s injury, and he had an excellent game against West Ham. He made crucial tackles at crucial times and he will key to defensive success here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

To be honest, I don’t think that Wimmer played particularly badly against Arsenal in his first league start. He had a solid game, but was put in a really unfortunate and awkward situation with the ball in from Ozil, which was a really difficult cross to deal with. We should have confidence in him playing well here.

RWB: Kyle Walker

With there being little width further up the pitch, it will be up to the full-backs, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose to provide the width in attack. They did this really well against Arsenal, and both caused problems at the Emirates. There should also be a lot of defending to do in Monaco, and Walker and Rose are more than capable of doing this.

LWB: Danny Rose

After picking up a yellow card at the weekend, Rose will miss the crunch clash with Chelsea on Saturday, and with Ben Davies ruled out of this one, Rose will start here. He put in another excellent display against West Ham, and should play the same role as Walker, bombing up and down his left-hand side.

5 Things We Learned About Spurs During Crushing Defeat Against Bayer Leverkusen

Spurs’ miserable run at Wembley stadium continued as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen, leaving the Lilywhites in a bad position in Group E, sitting in third place after four games. Here are three things that we learned about Spurs during the crippling defeat. 

1) Spurs are missing Harry Kane

Vincent Janssen is a very different striker to Harry Kane. He likes the ball played to his feet so that he can hold up the play and lay a ball off for his teammates, and there is nothing wrong with this at all, but there is a feature of Harry Kane’s style of play that Spurs are definitely missing at the moment.

A couple of times during the game against Leverkusen, the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen were striding forward through the middle, and could have done with somebody making a run in behind the defence.

Janssen is the sort of striker that will always want the ball to feet, and doesn’t quite make the runs in behind the defence that Harry Kane would do. This would have been something that the likes of Alli or Eriksen could have done with on Wednesday night. You could see that they were looking to play this ball in behind the defence, and they will be gald to see Harry Kane back against Arsenal on Sunday.

4-2-3-1 Again: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Bayer Leverkusen

Spurs go into their second Champions League group stage match at Wembley in a decent position in the group following a goalless draw with Wednesdays’ opponents Bayer Leverkusen last time out on matchday three.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways, having not had that winning feeling since the start of October in the win over Manchester City. However, Spurs have not scored a goal from open play since October 15, and this will surely have to change if they are to secure all three points against Bayer Leverkusen.

Toby Alderweireld remains out, but could make his return in the North London derby on Sunday. Harry Kane’s recovery is going well, but the striker will not feature at Wembley. Erik Lamela is a doubt with the same illness he missed the game against Leicester with. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Bayern Leverkusen.

GK: Hugo Lloris
The Frenchman couldn’t quite keep out Musa’s second half attempt against Leicester on Saturday, but has been in great form. His save in the return fixture a couple of weeks ago was world-class, and a clean sheet here would go a long way if we are to beat Leverkusen at Wembley

RB: Kyle Walker
Although we were not able to take all three points away from Saturday’s Premier League fixture with Leicester, Walker put in another top quality performance. He showed us all why he is first choice for Spurs and for the national team. He should start here.

CB: Eric Dier
Dier has played in three positions for Spurs. Right-back, centre-back and defensive midfield. He has shown what a versatile player he is, and has done a good job filling in for the injured Toby Alderweireld. With the Belgian not quite ready to return, I expect Dier to play again.

CB: Jan Vertonghen
With the outstanding performances of Toby Alderweireld this season, the defensive ability of Vertonghen has gone fairly unnoticed. Since Alderweireld has been out, Vertonghen has really stepped up and played really well against Leicester at the weekend. More of the same on Wednesday night please.

LB: Danny Rose
Rose has looked good in a slightly injury interrupted season, and put in another good shift against Leicester on Saturday. I think Rose will start again here and I would like to see him bombing down that left side and getting dangerous crosses into the box towards the likes of Janssen.

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‘Absolutely Unreal’ Twitter Amazed By What This Spurs Player Did vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Tottenham had to overcome a large amount of Bayer Leverkusen pressure, especially in the second half to come away from Germany with a point in the Champions League, maintaining second place in Group E.

The save of the night came from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who somehow scrambled across his goal to keep out an effort from Hernandez, where is looked like to the former Manchester United striker simply could not miss. The ball was 50% over the line, but technology shows that all of the ball failed to cross the line.

Spurs grew into the game in the first half, and Dele Alli had a good headed chance to fire Spurs into the lead, but failed to convert. Vincent Janssen, still in search of his first Spurs goal from open play hit the crossbar before Erik Lamela saw his effort tipped over the crossbar.

Leverkusen made a change at half-time, and this worked massively in their favour as they surged forward in the second half, forcing Hugo Lloris into a world-class save and putting the Spurs defence busy, with Danny Rose making a couple of crucial blocks.

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Tottenham have the best defensive record in the league, and Lloris has made some huge saves along the way to keep Spurs’ incredible defensive record, conceding just four goals in the Premier League this season.

Spurs certainly have Hugo Lloris to thank for their point in Germany, and many fans took to Twitter to heap praise onto the Frenchman, who made six saves at the BayArena with some labelling the stopper world-class. Here is how Twitter reacted to Lloris’ performance in between the sticks.

There is no doubt that Lloris is one of Tottenham’s most important players and it is essential for Tottenham that if they are to remain in the Champions League and compete with the best clubs that they keep hold of players like Lloris. What he did tonight was just another example of how he can win this club vital points. Without that big save Tottenham would’ve been walking away from this game empty handed and would have been in a difficult position to qualify. I think his performance tonight just backs up the fact that he is a World Class goalkeeper.