|COMPETITION||Europa League Group C|
|DATE||Thursday 11th December 2014|
|VENUE||Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul|
The final match of the group sees Spurs and Besiktas battle it out
for top spot, which might determine who gets the easier match and
home advantage in the second leg.
Both clubs are unbeaten, with Spurs leading by two points thanks to Asteras holding Besiktas to a draw last time out, with Spurs beating Partizan Belgrade. A draw will be enough for Spurs, while the Turkish side need to win to finish top.
Besiktas will be without striker Demba Ba, who is a big physical presence, but we saw in the first game against them that they have a good attacking style and can get players up in support or into the box from midfield and even further back. Spurs should use the match to show that they can go on to better things in this competition, because after this match, the level of opposition increases in quality. With Champions League dropping into the competition, there could be some very tricky games coming up.
With a number of first team regulars being left at home and Adebayor being given special leave to go to Togo, Spurs may not have enough players who have played together regularly to have the inherent understanding of each other's game to be able to produce a fluent performance. Some players need playing time, some need a goal and some will be trying to convince Poch that they deserve a place in the first eleven. Hopefully, they will show some sign of this and not just stroll through the match as though there is nothing to be gained from it.
A top of the group placing
will enhance our UEFA quotient and get us a game against a lower
ranked team left in the Europa League with the second leg at home.
On top of that it will help Spurs get on board with Poch's way of
playing and that is perhaps the most important thing to be gained if
Tottenham want long term success.
|PREDICTION||Besiktas 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Emmanuel Adebayor has been allowed to return home to Togo on a personal mater, but Kyle Walker returns to the squad and might start his first match in nine months.
Ryan Mason, Harry Kane, Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Nabil Bentlaeb and Christian Eriksen have all remained in England for the match, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to shuffle his squad.
|BESIKTAS TEAM NEWS :|
available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard
in these countries on these stations ...
|Besiktas 1 (0) Tottenham Hotspur
Europa League Group C
Thursday 11th December 2014 Kick off 18:05 (UK time)
Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul
Tosun 59m 13s
Gulum (shirt pull on Soldado) 21
|Crowd : ,||Weather : Chilly|
|Referee : Steffen Johannesson (SWE)||Assistant Referees : Fredrik Nilsson; Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)|
|Fourth Official : Magnus Sjoblom (SWE)||Additional Assistants : Andreas Ekberg; Mohammed Al-Hakim ;(SWE)|
|Besiktas kicked off in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 4 minutes.|
|Besiktas :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Tolga ZENGIN (c)
10 Olcay SAHAN
Kyle WALKER (29
Etienne CAPOUE 76)
|Manager : Slaven Bilic||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : Vodafone||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Adidas||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
Tottenham fell to a single sucker punch goal at Besiktas, on a night when the lack of light at the stadium thanks to two floodlight failures matched the view to the end of the tunnel if Spurs think they are going to win this tournament.
It was a pallid performance from Spurs, who looked as though they were not happy to be playing this game. Most of the players were giving less than 100%, pulling out of tackles and not tracking back if caught on the attack. It begs the question of who should play in these games. Would it be better to blood a few youngsters, who might play with the hunger and desire that seems so lacking in some of our senior players ? Let's face it, if we play like this, any games we get in a future Champions League campaign might end up very messy.
As usual, there were many changes to the team and it looked like Pochettino was giving some players the opportunity to have a run out, but with Besiktas having seven players out (or rested), it was a strong enough team to win this. We won in Turkey in 2006 against this club when Berbatov and Ghaly scored, so have we really gone this far backwards ? Yes, Besiktas are top of the Turkish league, but such triflings never bothered Spurs in past years.
The opening exchanges saw a
weak header low at Vorm’s feet from the home team and Rose crossing
low but having it cut out before it reached Chadli and then Nacer
floated in a centre that was too high for Roberto Soldado. Chiriches
had nearly handed an opening for Besiktas when he was caught in two
minds and gave the ball away on the left wing on the corner of the
box, but Rose helped him out to win it back.
Having finished second in the group we now potentially face a tougher match and will be away in the second leg of the Round of 32, so, if the club do intend to go for the Champions League place at the end of this tortuous road, they will be doing it the hard way. I remember the days when Spurs use dot go out in Europe and roll these teams over. Where did those days go ?
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|What you thought|
|Other scores during this round :|
|Apollon Limassol (CYP)||0||Villarreal (SPA)||2||Thursday|
|Borussia Moenchengladbach (GER)||3||FC Zurich (SWI)||0||Thursday|
|Club Brugge (BEL)||2||HJK Helsinki (ICE)||1||Thursday|
|FC Kobenhavn (DEN)||1||Torino (ITA)||5||Thursday|
|Partizan Belgrade (SER)||0||Asteras Triplois (GRE)||0||Thursday|
|Red Bull Salzburg (AUS)||5||Astra (ROM)||1||Thursday|
|Dinamo Belgrade (SER)||4||Glasgow Celtic||3||Thursday|
|PSV Eindhoven (HOL)||0||Dinamo Moscow (RUS)||1||Thursday|
|Panathinaikos (GRE)||1||Estoril (POR)||1||Thursday|
|Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)||1||St. Etienne (FRA)||0||Thursday|
|Qarabag (AZE)||0||Internazionale (ITA)||0||Thursday|
|Standard Liege (BEL)||0||Feyenoord (HOL)||3||Thursday|
|Sevilla (SPA)||1||HNK Rijeka (CRO)||0||Thursday|
|Lille (FRA)||0||Wolfsburg (GER)||3||Thursday|
|Young Boys Bern (SWI)||2||Sparta Prague (CZE)||0||Thursday|
|Napoli (ITA)||3||Slovan Bratislava (SLK)||0||Thursday|
|Steaua Bucaresti (ROM)||0||Dinamo Kiev (UKR)||2||Thursday|
|Rio Ave (POR)||2||Aalborg (DEN)||0||Thursday|
|PAOK (GRE)||1||Guingamp (FRA)||2||Thursday|
|Fiorentina (ITA)||1||Dinamo Minsk (BLR)||2||Thursday|
|Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)||0||Lokeren (BEL)||1||Thursday|
|Legia Warsaw (POL)||2||Trabsonspor (TUR)||0||Thursday|
|Group C League Table|
Position before match :
Position after match : 2nd
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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