Tottenham have a long way to go if they are to grab a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League but they are not out of it, just yet, and they can keep their hopes alive by beating Inter.
Spurs have had some misfortune in the Champions League which has started from the beginning when they were in control of their opening encounter with Inter at the San Siro before a late screamer from Mauro Icardi and then a failure to clear their lines at the death with Mathias Vecino nodding home.
They could not handle Messi at his brilliant best next time out, but they ought to have beaten PSV in Holland; two errors – the first from Toby Alderweireld and the second from Hugo Lloris – cost a Spurs side that had 71% possession, won the shout count 24-11 and had 9 shots on target compared to three for the hosts. Harry Kane managed to get them over the line against PSV at Wembley but they dominated that game, with 10 shots on target to the visitors 4, and 7 more shots off target to one for the visitors, along with 16 corners to 6 for PSV.
Since then they have won their last two, with an explosive 3-1 performance against Chelsea reminding onlookers what they can do at their best. Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane put Spurs 2-0 up before 20 minutes and the game was long over before Heung-min Son’s second-half wonder goal killed the game.
It was the best performance from Alli and Hueng-Min for some time and with Christian Eriksen also causing havoc it was easy to remember just how good Tottenham can be at their best – this is the same side that managed to beat Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund last season – and Mauricio Pochettino now has a fully fit side to choose from.
Inter need just a point to make the last 16 following a strong campaign including a 2-1 win against PSV and a well-earned point from their home encounter with Barcelona. Indeed, Inter are looking much more like the club of old, with just two defeats in their last 13 in all competitions and 10 wins. However, this will be a much tougher test than most of those challenges and Luciano Spaletti’s men struggled to deal with the pace and velocity that Atlanta carried in attack when they were trashed 4-1 two weeks ago and it’s interesting to note that Mathias Vecino, Roberto Gagliardini and Milan Skriniar all ended up yellow carded there. Spurs can make up for lost time.
Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
20:00 BT Sport 3 / BT Sport 4K UHD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
SEP 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Inter 2-1 Tottenham
MAR 2013 EUROPA LEAGUE Inter 4-1 Tottenham
MAR 2013 EUROPA LEAGUE Tottenham 3-0 Inter
NOV 2010 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Tottenham 3-1 Inter
OCT 2010 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Inter 4-3 Tottenham
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