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Despite the emotional and psychological difficulties of their beloved fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone passing away last week, Tottenham found the spirit and the focus to bounce back from last week’s surprise 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt by winning away to in-form Brighton.

A visibly emotional Spurs manager Antonio Conte dedicated the result to Ventrone, a man who Conte said… “was in the heart of every single Tottenham person”.

Sometimes these moments can turn a campaign on its head, and that’s precisely what Tottenham will be praying for here, after mixed results have left their three remaining UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage games as crucial ones – which is the last thing Conte needed after implying to the media that his squad lacked the depth to be successful in multiple competitions this season.

After dealing Spurs a minor shock last week, Frankfurt were handed a 3-0 drubbing by the previously winless Bochum, whilst also becoming the first club in this Bundesliga season to fail to score against Bochum.

They slipped back out of the Bundesliga top six as a result, whilst four scoreless efforts from their last seven games across all competitions must be a concern for manager Oliver Glasner.

Courtesy of their 1-0 win at Marseille a month ago, Frankfurt remains unbeaten in seven UEFA away fixtures (W6, D1) after last season becoming just the third team in history to complete a UEFA Europa League campaign without a loss.

Perhaps most alarmingly for Tottenham, that includes five wins from five starts as travelling outsiders – including a 3-2 triumph at Camp Nou – which serves as another reminder that they cannot be taken lightly.

Players to watch: Tottenham midfielder Ivan Perišić has scored in two separate victories against Frankfurt for two clubs, and would be delighted to return to the scoresheet after three assists in all competitions during September. His Croatian compatriot, Frankfurt’s Kristijan Jakić, scored a goal the last time he played a full 90 minutes away from home (at Stuttgart).

Hot stat: Only one of the six Group D games in the 2022/23 UCL have seen both teams score.

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Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Well well….all the flack taken few years back. Maybe not today…maybe not tomorrow i said…NFL head Roger goddell has spoken of plans for and international division. Yep.thats what the stadium was always about. The real team will one day move in and the football team (sorry , soccer) , the “anchor tenant ” will finally become what it was always ENIC’S intention for it to be. An afterthought.

Last edited 1 month ago by Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago

MK Dons Stadium ..why do they have a 35 000 seater stadium.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago
Reply to  Billy Tonsils

If only. There no way they would get chosen over a state of the art purpose built NFL stadium which is currently hosting all the games in England. The yanks love the ENIC dome.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago

Not the NFL ..the football team.

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
1 month ago

Chillax – they will let us play there when there are no NFL games.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

Already is an afterthought.NFL has a worse head injury issue than ‘soccer’. I don’t see it as future proof. The Americans are in denial about it so far…

at large
at large
1 month ago

That was nearly tragic. The defending at the end was U14 level.

Tippyid
Tippyid
1 month ago

Emerson must he really really must have pics of Conte sticking something where he shouldn’t be sticking something ..after the arse shambles he still picks.him..Spence best right full in championship last year nd not even gets few min ..some of Conte’s decisions nd substitutions are farcical Tbh.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

Well, that nearly went all Spursy… 🤦🏼‍♂️

Brick Top
Brick Top
1 month ago

Playing out from the back with Sanchez and Royal is suicide. Dropped off completely after Bentancur came off which proves how valuable he is. I’ve said it before, Bissouma was the wrong signing. Need an AM in January. If either Bentancur or PEH gets injured we’re fecked

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
1 month ago
Reply to  Brick Top

Exactly. Skipp didn’t look too good either.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

He has had 40 mins in a year..

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
1 month ago

What a crazy world.
This lot got smashed 3-0 by Bochum at the weekend (1st team not to score against Bochum). Then they score 2 at NWHL. Although apparently they are very good away in Europe whereas we are not very good home or away.

Limerick AL.
Limerick AL.
1 month ago

Too many Clowns . If Frankfurt had scored all you could do is laugh.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Limerick AL.

Resting the players worth it in the end though – and trying to get Skipp and Moura to remember what a football is (no evidence they do based on that last 15 minutes)

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

I was trying to imagine Bill Nick’s reaction to Lucas very carefully dribbling the ball out of play.

legoverlass
legoverlass
1 month ago

Only Spurs can go defensive and drop deep when the opposition is down to ten men. Royal is a total shambles. He conceded the corner then failed to challenge for the cross. Utter dross, Get rid of. How many chances does Conte give him? IF he is the best of our rwb choices then that is a shocking indictment of our summer transfer window

Brick Top
Brick Top
1 month ago
Reply to  legoverlass

Spot on. I’ve seen enough, just get rid

Finn
Finn
1 month ago
Reply to  legoverlass

………..agree but Lloris should also get credit – he does know that he can take the ball using TWO hands?

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  legoverlass

The summer transfer window didn’t improve our starring eleven, yet it was weirdly hyped as a sign of intent and the backing of Conte. Utter drivel…

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

Enjoyable game on many levels.

Haven’t laughed that much in ages, the Laurel and Hardy routine those last ten minutes was golden.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

This needed one (1) grown-up on the pitch to see the game out with little to no nerves. Instead, we got this.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

Worth it for the lols?

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

Undecided 😂 but I’ll forever remember the passage of play where Gil fell over the ball when clean through, the Frankfurt player backheeled it back to him, then there was some good work to get us the penalty – only for Kane to balloon it over the bar.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

Yup, you thought you’d got the punchline but no…there was more

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Liverpool had fun tonight.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Cabspur

Back to Earth with a bump for them come the weekend though

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
1 month ago
Reply to  Cabspur

How to finish a game from 3-1 up.

Spurs: concede one against 10 men, scrape a 3-2 win.
Liverpool: score 4 more for a 7-1 thrashing.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

Rangers are a pub team, compared to any team in the top half of the English Premiership…

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
1 month ago

Pathetic

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

one word is all you need.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Donuts 3 sausages 2

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Oh my lord blow the whistle

Gonville
Gonville
1 month ago

I have a headache.

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
1 month ago

Same old Spurs

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

Same old Spurs…I don’t think any of these players have ever played with each other before, truly a ‘who’s that?’ of the squad

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

Some atrocious decision making on display currently. Farcical stuff.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

Wacky Races finish to this one

Eddie
Eddie
1 month ago

Kane thought it was a freekick

Stroos
Stroos
1 month ago

Kane lol

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

What is going on

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Maura😂

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago
Reply to  Cabspur

gill ?? Oh fook knows , harry misses???

Gonville
Gonville
1 month ago

the games gone mad

Stroos
Stroos
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Conte hopping mad

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

He’s a box of tadpoles

Eddie
Eddie
1 month ago

Oh the irony.Royal bollocking Sanchez for a poor touch.

Dino
Dino
1 month ago

Hahaha that’s on Conte for inviting pressure….That was obvious.. should of made like for like subs not taking off our attacking players for defensive midfielders

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Got to make us sweat

Gonville
Gonville
1 month ago

Down to 10 men, we make some “interesting” subs, and now we are holding on at 3-2. Say what you like about Dier but he is an aerial presence in the box.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

Did the commentators really just suggest that Sess is somehow outperforming Perisic, and that’s why he’s playing?

Spurious
Spurious
1 month ago

I wonder at Conte’s man management sometimes. Will he ever have a better time to give Spence 5 minutes?

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
1 month ago

Sess jogging back twice when Frankfurt broke. Not good enough.

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
1 month ago

Or perhaps that’s him at full pelt which is more concerning

Spurious
Spurious
1 month ago

Unleash the Spence!

Dino
Dino
1 month ago

What’s Conte doing with these subs? Just inviting pressure… I wouldn’t be surprised if they scored again…

Gonville
Gonville
1 month ago

#FreeSpenceN17

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago

Good Skippy is getting a run out

Tippyid
Tippyid
1 month ago

Just give Spence a chance

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

Hasebe doing the old “pretend you’re hurt and maybe he’ll forget to produce the second yellow”

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

100% and the ref fell for it 🤷🏻‍♂️

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Now subbed off. Got away with one for sure.

Spurious
Spurious
1 month ago

Spence on for Emerson FFS. Try him out.

Gonville
Gonville
1 month ago
Reply to  Spurious

Royal has nothing in his locker. Each time he’s in a forward position he looks for a short pass somewhere. He gets in good positions, but does nothing with it.

Paddio
Paddio
1 month ago

What are we doing with corners recently, the short ones are awful

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

Rest Kane and Son at this point?

Paddio
Paddio
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

Keep sonny player, see if he can keep it going

Gonville
Gonville
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

Yes! We’ll leave Son on, but rest Kane.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

This commentator really just said “every footballer looks to be a better version of themselves. Look at what Conte did to Dier, Royal, Sessegnon…and others.”

Not the three I would pick, but okay!

Gonville
Gonville
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

They were terrible before, they’re only bad now

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago
Reply to  Gonville

Touché

Gonville
Gonville
1 month ago
Reply to  Gonville

I think Dier has been good apart from the obvious mistake for the goal.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

That’s what Richarlison does. He’s a pain in the arse to defend against

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

Ricky…finally…Sess..pfft!!

Last edited 1 month ago by Lilywhite without the II
legoverlass
legoverlass
1 month ago

Son and Kane look sharp but Dier and Emerson are just accidents waiting to happen. We desperately need another quality CB alongside Romero and a decent RWB, ATM and another top-quality striker.

Limerick AL.
Limerick AL.
1 month ago

I had the same feeling when we equalized that I had when they scored. We just have too many Clowns and it ain’t changing.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

Turned it on at 0-1. What was Dier up to this time?

Brick Top
Brick Top
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

Conceded the ball in the box. They scored

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago
Reply to  Brick Top

Just saw it on the replays. Not a fan of us passing the ball across the face of the goal, but that was a horrible, awful first touch.

Brick Top
Brick Top
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

Romero needs a better partner, that’s for sure. Dier is another Maguire in the making

Brick Top
Brick Top
1 month ago

Good response and cracking goal by Son. Dier and Royal are the weakest links. Can’t wait for Doherty to get back into the team which says a lot. Sessegnon ain’t great, but not too shabby. Richarlison has to get more involved. His first touch is usually okay, but too many misplaced passes, that needs to improve.

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

seen It a lot this season , a defender passes through 2 opposing players to a midfielder who only needs to turn and they’re off but they choose to pass back putting the defender under pressure.
winds me up.

Tippyid
Tippyid
1 month ago

Bentancur playing very well

Brick Top
Brick Top
1 month ago
Reply to  Tippyid

One terrible pass, but apart from that he’s been mint

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

Still not sure Richy adds a great deal..Royal would be a decent player if he could pass!! Decent half in spells and cracking goal..

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

He’s been a pain in their arse all the half so far. The ball he just played for Emerson was class. Had Kane played the same ball people would be jizzing their pants

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

I’ll give you that, but still not sure..

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Game over rover

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

Behave 😂

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

Would like to see Kane score a few from open play…

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

Need wingbacks that can pass then .

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

Oooh yeah. That’s more like it from Sonny.

Big shout out to PEH also.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

Sometimes conceding early is the best thing for this side…actually gets them to up the intensity.

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago

Great strike, he still had plenty to do

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Lovely

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

The Ice man did good!!

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

Crowd seem muted, even when that went in or does BT sport turn the volume down.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Library 2 😳

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Tis true… the game of the working man was priced out long long ago. No meat pies and a cup of bovril at half time anymore

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

Fantastic goal…

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Great assist too

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

Am I missing something ? I was always taught never pass across your own goal. We seem to make it a past time. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Royal nicely killed that break

Dino
Dino
1 month ago
Reply to  Cabspur

I’m fairness he was a bit unlucky then

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Harry edward kane HEK. Easy dosh.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Heard him interviewed earlier, he knew he was scoring.

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Much hetter

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

Take that..

Tippyid
Tippyid
1 month ago

Jesus H Christ on a bike will Harry ever fcuk away from frees

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Just stick to pens harry

Dino
Dino
1 month ago
Reply to  Cabspur

The irony…😏

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago
Reply to  Dino

Ha ha

Stroos
Stroos
1 month ago

Over the wall from Kane, astonishing.

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
1 month ago

They’ve woke up.

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Made that look easy , more pls

Dino
Dino
1 month ago

Did Cheeseman just play a forward pass to a team member? Wtf was that about?😏

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

right, lets defend this lead…oh wait..

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
1 month ago

I remember mad Tony saying Dire could become the best CB in England.

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
1 month ago

“Cristian Romero plays a risky ball across the box for Eric Dire, whose touch is terrible”

Tippyid
Tippyid
1 month ago

Ahhh fcuk me sideways

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Lisbon to drop points was a cert.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Yes dier got back into the England squad as suspected….and not for being good at football.

Clearly.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

Southgates lover?

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

That’s Sterling. Dier just helped out with the old sanitise the game nonsense cos…..football crowds are sooooo unruly….

Stroos
Stroos
1 month ago

Stay down Royal

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
1 month ago

The last of the Zagreb 4 strikes again.

Brick Top
Brick Top
1 month ago

Fantastic, Dire

Stroos
Stroos
1 month ago

Great touch Dier

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago

Dire

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

Oh fooking hell , I give up

Dino
Dino
1 month ago

Quality defending that…😂

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
1 month ago
Reply to  Dino

Top notch.

Dino
Dino
1 month ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

If they score again in the next 10 or so this could be 4 or 5….

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

So so bad

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

I’m of the opinion that teams don’t beat us. We beat ourselves. Defensively we seem to be clueless in the basics of the role.

Tippyid
Tippyid
1 month ago

Love him to bits but Son has lost possession 4 times in first 9 min ..just saying

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago
Reply to  Tippyid

Very much noticed , needs to sort it out.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

I’m going for a score draw win on penalty’s in the last minute in extra time during the drinks break.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago

Exciting isn’t it?

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago

I’m going for a poo

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago

We’re still in this

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago

I still can’t believe it’s not butter

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago
Reply to  Sid+Trotter

Cheesewhizz.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago

Thrilling this Champions League stuff. Well worth all the bitten fingernails and anxiety of last season that we would miss out on this glorious feast of football.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

HEK

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

Bless you…

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Thank you

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

Looking at the formations and systems of play, there as many teams that play with three at the back as 4241 now. There’s this perception that Conte’s three at the back is a slightly off-beat system these days, when the opposite is true. He might have helped usher in the trend but it’s a widely seen setup these days. Used I’d say, by almost half of the bigger teams right now.

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

We dont care what the formation is. He can play 6-3-1 for all I care it is the struggling football that matters so it appears 3 doesnt work for our current players.

Dino
Dino
1 month ago

The return of the cheesemeister… Docherty clearly impressed Conte at the weekend, although he’ll likely use squad rotation as the reason for his selection. Hopefully this game doesnt turn into yet another snooze fest… concede possession, lots of sideways passing & hope for a goal on the counter or from a set piece….

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Dino

Conte would rather draw 0-0 than lose, what he never seems to do is go for the win…

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

100% Italian. Sets up not to lose vs sets up to win. Probably why he’s never done any good in the CL

Dino
Dino
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

He turned Victor Moses into a quality wing back… the cheeseman has done no better offensively now than when he first signed… maybe some personnel are beyond help

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