Tottenham are looking to bounce back from their painful North London derby defeat as they travel to take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League tonight. Antonio Conte’s side were beaten in the Premier League for the first time this season as Arsenal secured bragging rights with a dominating display.
Spurs also need to respond in Europe, with their last Champions League game being a 2-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon. With the Portuguese side in pole position in Group D, these two games between Frankfurt and Spurs in the space of eight days will have a huge influence on who progresses to the knockout stages.
Last season’s Europa League winners Frankfurt have lost to Sporting and beaten Marseille so far, equaling Tottenham’s record, and sit sixth in the Bundesliga after a strong start to the domestic season. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, with Frankfurt’s Dan Kilpatrick providing expert analysis!
Neville: Tottenham’s ‘horrendous’ scheme is behind the times and lacks ambition
Gary Neville described Tottenham’s performance in Saturday’s loss to Arsenal as “awful”.
Antonio Conte’s side were beaten 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium in a typically feisty north London derby, with Emerson Royal’s red card adding to the misery.
At their best, Spurs have proven they can compete with top Premier League sides even when giving up possession, having beaten Manchester City and drawn with Liverpool away from home last season.
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Frankfurt roster confirmed
Confirmed Tottenham roster
Spurs are unchanged!
A look inside Frankfurt
Betfair – Eintracht Frankfurt v Tottenham
Eintracht Frankfurt winner 12/5
The draw 5/2
Tottenham winner 23/20
Betfair – Winner of the Champions League
Manchester City 2/1
Bayern Munich 02/11
Barcelona, Real Madrid 9/1
Eintracht Frankfurt 500/1
Jose Enrique backs Tottenham for top four
Speaking to Lord Ping, the Liverpool pundit and star said: “My top four predictions at the end of the season are: Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.”
Ivan Perisic lends Antonio Conte’s backing and urges Spurs stars to ‘listen’ to manager
Ivan Perisic has backed Antonio Conte to hand trophies to Tottenham and urged his teammates to listen to their head coach.
Last night, Conte offered a solid defense of his tactics and caps in a hard-hitting pre-match press conference here in Frankfurt following Saturday’s 3-1 derby loss to Arsenal. The Italian has defended his decision to skip full-backs Djed Spence and Matt Doherty in favor of Emerson Royal and dismissed suggestions his team were too negative.
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Conte strongly defends Tottenham’s style – ‘I’m not stupid’
A bristling Antonio Conte offered a strong defense of his Tottenham management following Saturday’s loss to Arsenal, insisting he is ‘not stupid’ and can ‘teach a lot of people football’.
Speaking in Germany the day after Manchester United lost 6-3 to rivals Manchester City, Conte dismissed suggestions that his tactics were negative, ostensibly saying he had never conceded ‘six, seven or eight “as a manager.
He also defended his selection decisions after being told fans were wondering if summer signing Djed Spence, 21, would have a chance following Emerson Royal’s dismissal at the weekend.
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Fiery Conte sends clear message to Spurs on selection and tactics
Antonio Conte hit back at his armchair criticism here in Germany last night, offering a solid defense of his selections and tactics, suggesting the Tottenham boss is not about to change his approach against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Fans said they wondered if summer signing Djed Spence would get an opportunity at right-back after Emerson Royal’s red card against Arsenal on Saturday, a bristling Conte said the 21-year-old was still ‘not ready’ “.
Uninvited, he added: “Also [Matt] Doherty last season played every game. Now I don’t see it in the right way to start the game. I’m not stupid, I don’t want to lose. I try to choose the best team. If they [fans] believe me, it’s fine. If they don’t trust me, then I’m the coach and I have to make the best decisions for Tottenham.”
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Prediction: draw 1-1
Frankfurt was a different beast in Europe last season and turned their stadium into a fortress. With Spurs yet to fully convince, an away draw should be seen as a good result.