|COMPETITION||Europa League Group C|
|DATE||Thursday 2nd October 2014|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
Besiktas come to White Hart Lane looking for revenge. It may
have been eight years ago that we beat them away in the UEFA Cup,
but they have long memories and will be looking for a victory on our
turf. From Tottenham's point of view, wins in the next three
matches will see us through.
Our Turkish opponents sit second in the Superliga one point ahead of superpowers in their country Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, being still unbeaten in their own league. Managed by former Everton and Croatia central defender Slaven Bilic, who was previously in charge at Lokomotiv Moscow and Croatia's national side before that. A volatile character, Bilic has a reputation of trying to get his side to play and if they are willing to do that at the Lane, it could be an interesting match. I have the feeling that they will be happy with a point and will pack the midfield, using Ba's strength to try to muscle past the Spurs defence on the break.
There are not too many familiar face sin the visiting squad, with Demba Ba being the most notable, having played with Newcastle United and Chelsea while in England. The other former Premier League player no longer goes by the name he used here, when he was Karim Frei at Fulham, but now is known as Karim Koyunlu. Another player who was with the Gooners for a short while and played two League Cup matches for them is the previously little-known Oguzhan ÷zyakup. Yes, I was surprised too.
The majority of the Besiktas squad consists of home grown players, with the odd South American thrown in, so, there will be plenty of effort and a degree of skilfulness, leaving Tottenham's task to control the game and make more of the possession they have been enjoying so far this season.
Even though Besiktas were held to a draw at home by Asteras Tripolis, Spurs are having trouble getting it together going forward and Demba Ba will be a difficult opponent and good at set-pieces, so, while Tottenham are hoping for a home win, they might not be too upset.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 1 Besiktas 1|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Danny Rose is a doubt with a knock from Saturday's game and Kyle Walker is still out following his operation on his hip.
|BESIKTAS TEAM NEWS :|
available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard
in these countries on these stations ...
1 (1) Besiktas
Europa League Group C
Thursday 2nd October 2014 Kick off 20:05
White Hart Lane
|Kane 27m 54s||Ba (p) 89m 58s|
Davies (foul on Kevlak) 8
Bentaleb (foul on Hutchinson) 48
Fazio (shirt pulling on Ba before corner taken) 51
Chiriches (handball) 88
Ba (elbow on Chiriches) 7
|Crowd : 24,300||Weather : Warm, dry|
|Referee : Manuel Grafe (Germany)||Assistant Referees : Guido Kleve; Christoph Bornhorst (Germany)|
|Fourth Official : Mike Pickel (Germany)||Additional Assistants : - Tobias Stieler; Robert Hartmann (Germany)|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 4 minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Besiktas :||kit|
Hugo LLORIS (c)
9 Roberto SOLDADO (10 Emmanuel ADEBAYOR 79)
|Manager : Mauricio Pochettino||Manager : Slaven Bilic|
|Sponsor : AIA||Shirt sponsor : Vodaphone|
|Kit Supplier : Under Armour||Kit Supplier : adidas|
Tottenham ended this Group C Europa League game with a point, which disappointed many fans leaving the Lane, but on balance was a result for Spurs, who had Hugo Lloris to thank for the after making four top drawer saves.
The grumbles about conceding a last minute equaliser had some grounds, as it was a Vlad Chiriches gaffe that handed Demba Ba the opportunity to stutter his way up to the ball and send it past a confused Lloris. But that was the only time the Spurs keeper had been bettered, as he made three fine stops to deny Gokhan Sahan and a point blank reflex stop to save Ba's close range effort. As for Spurs, they once again looked laboured, with the lack of a creative spark meaning it was difficult to get through on their keeper. We won't know how good he is, as their first shot beat him and the second he saved, but that was in the 71st minute, with both coming from Harry Kane - now a very important player for Tottenham. The England Under-21 man was deployed in a position in the hole behind Soldado and looked strong on the ball and his goal was a good finish too.
The much changed Spurs team lined up looking considerably different from Saturday's draw with Arsenal, raising expectation in the small crowd containing many who had Stub Hubbed as this was the first game that season tickets didn't apply and many opted to watch from home. Besiktas brought lots and lots with them, being noisy and flarey but generally good natured (as far as my grasp of Turkish allows ... and that is very limited ... to none).
The game saw Besiktas take the early initiative and when Chiriches gave a loose ball in mid-pitch, Fazio slipped as he went in to tackle, leaving Sahan to go through on goal and he should really have scored from inside the box with only Lloris to beat. His low prod went past the keeper's left hand post. Demba Ba was booked for an elbow on Chiriches that looked like it might have broken his nose again, but he came back on and the former Chelsea striker stayed on, with the referee probably thinking it came too early in the game. In the 12th minute, a long left wing cross was picked up at the far side of the box on the right corner of the penalty area. He turned quickly and smacked a shot that cannoned off the angle of crossbar and post, with a corner given, so Lloris must have got a touch on it. From the corner, Franco won the header and put it across goal, but too high.
Spurs were having trouble finishing their passes, with Besiktas pressing the game on the halfway and with Paulinho stuck on the right wing, he failed to get in the game that much. With 27 minutes on the clock, Spurs got a goal against the run of play. The ball was worked forward through Fazio and Davies to Nabil Bentlaeb. His pass inside to Kane saw the forward turn his man and with a low, raking left foot shot from outside the box, he best Zenginís dive to his left and the ball headed for the bottom corner of the net. It was a decent finish, with not a lot looking on for him and was enough to put Tottenham ahead.
However, Besiktas showed
they werenít just here for the trip. Sosa made ground down the right
and his low cross was too far ahead of Ba, but Sahan met the ball at
the far post and directed it back where it had come from. The shot
was on target, but luckily for Spurs Hugo was quick to get across
and got some leg on it to take it wide of the goal to the right.
Coming just five minutes after the goal, it was an important stop by
Lloris and it wasnít to be the last.
Besiktas have a parrot as their non-official emblem among the fans, as a run of bad form left them feeling as Besiktas as a parrot.
are in fact named after former Manchester United star of the 1960s
and 1970s George, who surname was translated into Turkish and became
the club's name.
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|What you thought|
Great performance by Lloris. Not sure where we would be without him.
Chiriches is an accident that
doesn't have to wait to happen. If he is using his move to
Spurs as a stepping stone to get to Chelsea, sell him to them quick
|Other scores during this round :|
|FC Zurich (SWI)||1||Borussia Moenchengladbach (GER)||1||Thursday|
|Villarreal (SPA)||4||Apollon Limassol (CYP)||0||Thursday|
|HJK Helsinki (ICE)||0||Club Brugge (BEL)||3||Thursday|
|Torino (ITA)||1||FC Kobenhavn (DEN)||0||Thursday|
|Asteras (GRE)||2||Partizan Belgrade (SER)||0||Thursday|
|Glasgow Celtic||1||Dinamo Belgrade (SER)||0||Thursday|
|Astra (ROM)||1||Red Bull Salzburg (AUS)||1||Thursday|
|Dinamo Moscow (RUS)||1||PSV Eindhoven (HOL)||0||Thursday|
|Estoril (POR)||2||Panathinaikos (GRE)||0||Thursday|
|St. Etienne (FRA)||0||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)||0||Thursday|
|Internazionale (ITA)||2||Qarabag (AZE)||0||Thursday|
|HNK Rijeka (CRO)||2||Sevilla (SPA)||2||Thursday|
|Feyenoord (HOL)||2||Standard Liege (BEL)||1||Thursday|
|Wolfsburg (GER)||1||Lille (FRA)||1||Thursday|
|Sparta Prague (CZE)||3||Young Boys Bern (SWI)||1||Thursday|
|Slovan Bratislava (SLK)||0||Napoli (ITA)||2||Thursday|
|Dinamo Kiev (UKR)||3||Steaua Bucaresti (ROM)||1||Thursday|
|Aalborg (DEN)||1||Rio Ave (POR)||0||Thursday|
|Guingamp (FRA)||2||PAOK (GRE)||0||Thursday|
|Dinamo Minsk (BLR)||0||Fiorentina (ITA)||3||Thursday|
|Lokeren (BEL)||1||Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)||0||Thursday|
|Trabsonspor (TUR)||0||Legia Warsaw (POL)||1||Thursday|
Position before match :
Position after match : 3rd
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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