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Spurs Confirmed XI vs Red Star Belgrade: Eriksen Does Not Start
By Harry Hotspur -

Spurs’ continued participation in the Champions League requires a win this evening, although one has to ask, to what purpose? Sure, the money as important to ENIC, but we’re not of the required standard right for any top end competition right now, as our domestic form so painfully illustrates.

Danger man Crvena Zvezda’s Marko Marin created six chances in their 5-0 defeat against Spurs on MD3 – no player has created more in the UEFA Champions League this season (13, level with Toni Kroos).

Level bevel Spurs have both scored and conceded nine goals in the UEFA Champions League so far this season – in none of the previous 27 seasons had this ever occurred after three games, although FC Red Bull Salzburg have also done so this season (11 for, 9 against).

Machine gun fire There have been a total of 104 attempts on goal in Crvena Zvezda’s opening three UEFA Champions League games this season (40 for and 64 faced) – FC Bayern München (102) are the only other side to see over 100 shots in their games in the competition this campaign.

Good tradition Including qualifiers, Crvena Zvezda have only lost two of their last 21 home matches in European competition (W11 D8 L2), though one of those was against English side Arsenal in an October 2017 meeting in the UEFA Europa League.

5’s the magic number Spurs’ last two UEFA Champions League matches have been by a five-goal margin, losing 7-2 to Bayern Munich before winning 5-0 against Crvena Zvezda. They are only the second team to have a 5+ goal defeat and victory in the group stage of a UEFA Champions League campaign, after Rosenborg in the 2000-01 season.

First time for everything Crvena Zvezda have never lost a home match in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League against an English opponent (W2 D2 L0), winning 2-0 last season against Liverpool.

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130 responses to “Spurs Confirmed XI vs Red Star Belgrade: Eriksen Does Not Start”

  1. East Stand says:

    Looked much fresher tonight with the five changes. Dier, Foyth, Lo Celso and Tanguy just seemed to relieve all of the negative energy of the recent past.

    The press was back, the energy was back. Ok, only Red Star but away isn’t so straightforward there.

    If the plan has been to drop Dier back into defence alongside Sanchez to succeed Verts and also possibly Toby then it makes sense when you think about it. Tonight it felt as if the ‘rebuild’ has begun, albeit tentatively against weaker opposition.

    Sessingnon getting a decent run out was another big plus. A satisfying evening all round, and perhaps a glimpse of the future…

  2. East Stand says:

    Tom Watson. Typical politician, always scheming to advance his position. And let’s not forget his insistence that there was a child abuse ring in Westminster, conveniently enough that exclusively involved opposition figures. Turns out it was complete fabrication in the end. He should have resigned then.

    Corbyn to get the boot in the next 18 months and Labour can become more moderate and kick out all the antisemitic commies and Marxists. John McDonald to get a job as a ticket inspector on Virgin Trains…

  3. PlayItAgainSamways says:

    Rose and Ali poor. Sonny slightly off the pace.

    Everyone else playing okay.

    N’dombele and Los Celso showing lovely technique and forward passing.

    N’dombele’s first touch foward passing has had me making weird oohing noises. God we’ve been starved.

    Dier doing some good defensive covering.

    Lots of pluses but we’ve been lucky that they are sitting off us, when they’ve attacked we’ve let them through and they should have scored.

    Solid second half please.


    • Eddie says:

      They started off at a fast pace for the first 5-10 minutes,but then we got hold of the ball and slowed the game down.The crowd didn’t like that,but Red Star couldn’t raise their game.Worryingly though the few times they have got through us they could/should have scored.We will be put under pressure this half,it’s how we deal with it.

  4. Cabspur says:

    Sanchez going for a little dink ….

  5. Cabspur says:

    Much better!

  6. Cabspur says:

    Lucky lucky.

  7. Eddie says:

    Just looking at the BBC football website and Corluka is playing for Locomotive Moscow.Unbelievably he is only 33.OK he had no pace,but I used to rate him.

  8. Eleventstonedidiots says:

    Interesting team selection. Big night for Dier, Foyth and LoCelso. This team has the look of being close enough to Poch 6.0 A performance from LoCelso that ends the Eriksen era would be most welcome. Viva la Revolucion!

    • Cabspur says:

      Yeah would be great if Lo Celso has a blinder,just him starting is a bonus though

      • David Dillenberg says:

        True but IMO we would have significantly benefited from the services of Maddison and Tielemans had we secured the services of these Foxes players!

  9. East Stand says:

    So much negativity from some of the media before today, slagging off Poch for saying Eriksen is working hard and committed. These are the same idiots who at the same time slag off Emery for throwing his captain under the bus.

    The media are just trying to push an agenda all the time, trying to create controversy that isn’t there. Tossers…

    • David Dillenberg says:

      In case it had escaped your notice all the negativity and gloom surrounding Poch has been fueled by a poor run of results!

      • East Stand says:

        Of course, but then the media look for other stuff around that to build a narrative. Bad news sells, any news editor knows that…

        • David Dillenberg says:

          Erisken always taking corners Thats a joke for starters!

          • David Dillenberg says:

            The art of taking an effective corner is pretty simple really by whipping the ball into the box hoping for a connection as Chrissy Brunt excelled at!

  10. Legoverlassarisen says:

    Lo Celso and Ndombele actually pass the ball forward and Lo Celso can even cross a ball. Sessignon will give us pace and width. Foyth and Lo Celso seem to work well together, solid game from Dier as well. Opposition were poor but FFS stop tinkering and settle the side down Pooch.

    • DannyG says:

      Agree this team looks good. Let’s keep it for the league

    • East Stand says:

      Our midfield has been the badly neglected area of the team over the last few seasons. The fresh blood in there helps but both LoCelso and Tanguy have something about them, that’s clear to see…

  11. Tappaspur says:

    Olympiacos (community tickets) everyting bless

  12. Cabspur says:

    All in all job well done ,they are cack, let’s see if they can play similar on Sunday. Le Celso played very well.

    • East Stand says:

      Eriksen just doesn’t even look as good as LoCelso right now. For me Eriksen has lost his place…

  13. Tappaspur says:

    Put 9 past them. Not bad.

  14. Lilywhite without the II says:

    They ain’t that good but never the less we played ok and did a good job….the 3 new boys did well as did Son, Dier and Gazza..COYS

  15. MrChickenHead says:

    CE27 scores when he doen’t want too.

  16. Lilywhite without the II says:

    Poch never takes Kane off…should of give Parrot a run out..

    • East Stand says:

      Skipp only had 5 mins but put in an awful challenge, which wasn’t a good sign. He’s young but that was just daft…

  17. Lilywhite without the II says:

    Kyle Walker in goal..haha

  18. Lilywhite without the II says:

    Eriksen not adding much

  19. England Mike says:

    They dont want to know.

  20. Eddie says:

    Let’s not get too carried away this is a poor team we’re playing.Sheff.Utd. will be a different proposition.

  21. DannyG says:

    I love this midfield- Sissoko, NDombele and Lo Celso looking good. Looks like Lo Celso can hit a lovely ball

  22. David Dillenberg says:

    Rotate a little but keep the same team against Shef Utd?

  23. David Dillenberg says:

    Humble pie when What did I say about not being a goal fest !

  24. Tappaspur says:

    Lo celly look good man. He’s got a wand on him.

  25. Cabspur says:

    Get saggy on now pls

  26. England Mike says:

    Make some changes now, I would .

  27. David Dillenberg says:

    3 v 0

  28. Tappaspur says:

    Yep. I like that.

  29. Cabspur says:


  30. David Dillenberg says:

    2 0 SON

  31. David Dillenberg says:

    Whilst he divided opinion in the latter stages of his career arguably one Spurs player missed is Dembele.

  32. Cabspur says:

    So if we get 3 points here and win our next game at home we are through,happy days.

  33. Lilywhite without the II says:

    Well played Gazza again

  34. Eddie says:

    I think Dier is looking more comfortable as a CB.Mind you the opposition is poor.

    • East Stand says:

      I think it’s his natural position. He was used in midfield a couple of seasons ago but I believe he was bought as a defender.

      He’s versatile, I remember Ledley playing in midfield for Spurs and England for a while before dropping into defence. It seems it can make a centre back a better al round player, more comfortable coming out with the ball etc.

      Verts used to play midfield for Ajax sometimes too, he’s a proper ball player. Dier’s midfield stint was part of his development, plus he can do a job there if needed again…

  35. England Mike says:

    Expected more from them but they surprisingly sat back and played on the counter, cant see them sitting back second half, so this is not over.

  36. David Dillenberg says:

    Bring on Sessegnon for his pace

  37. David Dillenberg says:

    HT Spurs narrow lead.

  38. Lilywhite without the II says:

    2 seasons ago we would of ripped them apart to be fair..

  39. David Dillenberg says:

    Spurs escape!

  40. Eddie says:

    Neither Kane nor Dele are able to take a player on and beat them.

  41. Cabspur says:

    Deli playing his normal cute rubbish.

  42. Eddie says:

    LoCelso has already shown his worth over Eriksen.

  43. Tappaspur says:


  44. Lilywhite without the II says:

    ffs VAR

  45. Cabspur says:

    3rd time lucky

  46. Lilywhite without the II says:

    hahaha….well done

  47. David Dillenberg says:

    Spurs score!

  48. Lilywhite without the II says:

    Please take Rose off..

  49. Lilywhite without the II says:

    Dier looking fit, the new boys are doing well….get Rose off..

  50. David Dillenberg says:

    I suspect Eriksen, Moura and R Sessegnon (who should have started) will be introduced at some stage.
    Sissy slices a shot – never!!

  51. Lilywhite without the II says:

    ohh the irony if Le Celso becomes world class and he has that clause as Levy wanted to save £8.50 and we lose him!!

  52. Lilywhite without the II says:

    ffs, we are so vulnerable when we dont have the ball…

  53. David Dillenberg says:

    Crucial save Gaziniga

  54. Lilywhite without the II says:

    better…we need to start testing the keeper….any keeper…

  55. Cabspur says:

    They are real pony ,we should be a bit more confident and speed up in the attacks.

  56. Lilywhite without the II says:

    good corner!!!

  57. David Dillenberg says:

    Spurs dominating possession.
    Citeh already 1 up.

  58. Lilywhite without the II says:

    This is pretty much our team for next season, swap Rose with Sess….

  59. England Mike says:

    Not sure about that back 4, Sanchez and Rose dont seem to go well together and Dier is not match fit.

  60. Be advised gents, had to implement a swear filter.

    No choice.

  61. David Dillenberg says:

    For a Spurs team completely devoid of width, pace, creativity and intensity not expecting a goal fest!