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Spurs Odyssey Champions League Preview - Crvena zvezda v Spurs, 06.11.19

This season's home game - Spurs 5 Crvena zvezda 0 - 22.10.19
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Spurs' record in Europe:-
The official crest of Tottenham Hotspur
U.E.F.A Champions League
 P  W   D   L   F - A
41 18   9  14  77 - 61

(Finalists 2019)
European Cup
P   W   D   L   F - A
8   4   1   3  21 - 13
(Semi-Finalists 1962)
European Cup Winners Cup
P   W   D   L   F - A
33  20  5   8  65 - 34
(Winners 1963)
UEFA Cup/Europa League
 P    W   D   L   F - A
140  78  36  26  276-121 
(Winners 1972, 1984
 Finalists 1974)
The club logo of Crvena zvezda
P    W   D   L   F - A
222 120 51  51  439-229

Champions League Group B

                   P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
1. Bayern Munich   3  3  0  0 13-4  +9   9
2. Spurs           3  1  1  1  9-9   0   4 
3. Crvena zvezda   3  1  0  2  3-9  -6   3
4. Olympiacos      3  0  1  2  5-8  -3   1        

A win would surely ensure our qualification - but beware!

Spurs (and their fans) travel to Belgrade for the return match against Crvena zvezda, knowing that another win against the Serbian team would all but ensure qualification for the Champions League round of 16. However, we all need to beware of the vociferous atmosphere in the Rajko Mitic Stadium, and recall that at the same stage last year Matchdays 3 and 4 last yearRed Star beat Liverpool 2-0.

Crvena zvezda have played and won three league games since their 5-0 defeat at Tottenham, and they remain top of their league by 6 points. They must be regarded as clear favourites to win their domestic league again, even at this early stage, which will at least give them a clear run at Champions League football next season via qualifiers. On the other hand, it is already looking quite unlikely that Spurs will play Champions League Football next season. Maybe we should try and finish third in our group and have a go at The Europa League!

Red Star have scored 10 goals in those three games too and there have been 7 different scorers. However, we have seen the difference in class between the two sides at White Hart Lane. The Belgrade Stadium holds a maximum of 53,000 - likely to be 49-50,000 on Wednesday night.

Spurs have played just two games since our meeting two weeks ago, both of which were trips to Liverpool, which will be fresh in the minds of all Spurs fans. Hopefully those Spurs players who were present at Goodison Park on Sunday and witnessed at close hand the injury to Andre Gomes will be pychologically fit to play, especially Son heung-min whose pace and ability to beat opponents and score would be so vital. The news yesterday that Gomes' operation was a success and that he is expected to make a full recovery was blessing. Ed:- (Son's red card has since been overturned on appeal by The Premier League)

Spurs have taken a full squad to Belgrade, including Son, and Harry Kane, who missed Sunday's game at Goodison Park. I did not notice either Jan Vertonghen or Erik Lamela in the party. Both Troy Parrott and Oliver Skipp travelled. Christian Eriksen, whose accumulated Spurs Odyssey grade after 13 appearances so far this season is a meagre 4.68 with an average of only 3.35 in his last 4 appearances was on the plane. Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele were amongst the party.

This time last year the tide turned for us when we beat PSV at Wembley. We are better off this year having accumulated 4 points from our first three games, rather than 4. Can we win tomorrow? Yes we can. Will we win, and dare I predict the result? I don't know, and I fear we won't, so I'll saw "draw". I will be travelling and return home on Thursday. I shall try and post the survey before my return, but normal services may be delayed.

We should invoke the spirit of two previous Champions League back to back games. I refer to 2017 (Real Madrid) and perhaps 2010 (Inter). COME ON YOU SPURS!

All the officials are from Spain. Once again, the referee is a new man in the middle for Spurs. Carlos del Cerro Grande is 43 years old, and has been kept busy over the past year both in Spain and in European club and International games. Seno Cerro Grande was in charge of the Ajax v Juventus quarter-final first leg, and also took charge of Schalke v Man City as well as the first leg of Chelsea's Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On November 7th 2009, we beat Sunderland 2-0. Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone scored the goals.

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