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Olympiakos v Tottenham: Match preview
After an astonishing semi-final comeback against Ajax, Tottenham failed to cap a remarkable Champions League run with victory over Liverpool in the final in Madrid last season.
They were second best in a tepid affair at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and eventually succumbed to a 2-0 defeat after their failure to capitalise on chances was ruthlessly punished by the Reds.
Tottenham invested heavily during the summer transfer window, recruiting Tanguy Ndombele in a record-breaking deal from Lyon as well as Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon and Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.
The north Londoners' Premier League charge tailed off dramatically down the home straight last season and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his reinforcements ensure Spurs compete on two fronts this season.
Their run to Madrid’s showpiece in June began in ignominious fashion after they managed only one point from their opening three group games.
They lost 2-1 against Inter Milan at the San Siro and 4-2 against Barcelona at Wembley before registering their first point in Matchday 3 courtesy of a 2-2 draw against PSV Eindhoven.
Subsequent wins over PSV and Inter put them on the brink of qualification ahead of the Matchday 6.
They needed to match or better Inter’s result at home to PSV against Barcelona at the Nou Camp and were heading out of the competition until Lucas Moura bundled home an 85th-minute equaliser.
Speaking after the game, Pochettino hailed his side’s achievement as “mission impossible”.
Spurs were handed a tough last 16 tie against a free-flowing Borussia Dortmund, but they totally dominated Lucien Favre’s side in the first leg without injured talisman Harry Kane as well as Dele Alli.
Leading 3-0, they were forced to survive an early barrage at the Westfalenstadion in an electrifying atmosphere.
But Kane’s strike just after half-time dampened Dortmund’s enthusiasm and ensured a comfortable passage through to the quarter-finals.
Kane’s opener for Tottenham made him their top scorer in European competition in the club's history with 24 goals.
In the next round, Tottenham overcame Premier League champions Man City in a classic European encounter on away goals after drawing 4-4 on aggregate.
Protecting a 1-0 lead from the first leg, an extraordinary first half in Manchester saw City lead 3-2.
Sergio Aguero put City in the ascendency midway through the second half but Fernando Llorente’s VAR-assisted equaliser once again put Spurs in the driving seat.
In one final twist, Raheem Sterling thought he had snatched victory for City in the dying seconds only for VAR to adjudge that Aguero was in an offside position in the build-up.
Weeks later, Spurs defied reality once more when they scored three second-half goals against surprise packages Ajax to level the semi-final tie and progress on away goals.
Trailing 3-0 on aggregate with 35 minutes remaining at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Pochettino’s side scored twice within five minutes in the second half before Moura claimed his hat-trick deep into stoppage time.
In an emotional interview in the immediate aftermath, Pochettino said: “Thank you football. Thank you my players, they are heroes. Without football it is impossible to live.”
Their European adventure came to an end against Liverpool in Madrid but Pochettino deserves immense credit for guiding them to a first European final on a shoestring budget.
Despite strengthening their squad in the summer, midfielder Christian Eriksen was reportedly seeking a new challenge in June and has not been a Premier League regular so far this year.
However, Pochettino was quick to quash rumours of unrest from the Dane. “He never said he was not happy here - he always was.
“He has always been such an important player for us and he will continue to be.”
The Spurs boss also had to deny there was any rift with defender Jan Vertonghen after leaving the Belgian out of his Matchday squad on the Premier League’s opening day.
After a sub-par start to the domestic campaign, Tottenham will hope their return to the Champions League brings back fond memories.
Olympiakos, managed by former Portuguese international Pedro Martins, beat Krasnodar in the 6-1 on aggregate in the play-offs and have progressed through the group stage on four occasions.
The Greek giants also beat Viktoria Plzen and Istanbul Basaksehir in early qualifying rounds.
Veteran winger Mathieu Valbuena joined from Fenerbahce and will be hoping to mark his Champions League return with an impressive performance in front of an inevitably hostile crowd.
With ominous away trips to Belgrade and Munich on the horizon, Spurs will be looking to banish demons from Madrid and kick off their Champions League season in style.
Olympiakos v Tottenham: Team news
Tottenham remain without Juan Foyth despite the Argentine returning to full training following an ankle injury sustained in pre-season.
Davinson Sanchez remains sidelined while fellow defender Kyle Walker-Peters is a doubt. Full backs Danny Rose and Serge Aurier have been rested and did not travel with the squad meaning a likely start for Ben Davies at left back.
Ryan Sessegnon is also a doubt after being assessed for his hamstring injury while fellow summer signing Giovani Lo Celso is rehabilitating after sustaining a hip problem with Argentina earlier this month.
But Tanguy Ndombele could return after appearing on the bench against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The home side, who won 5-0 at the weekend, are without key midfielder Kostas Fortounis and centre back Ruben Semedo for the visit of Tottenham.
Olympiakos v Tottenham: The managers
Olympiakos boss Martins: “We need to be offensive, a team of quality and concentrate on the game. We know we are playing against a great team, but we need to show energy.
“We will make a strong statement. We will have our fans who will support us loudly. We are playing against a very good team.
“At this level even a single mistake could make us pay.
“We will be based on our defence which is our asset, but the whole team will defend. We need to be stable, decisive and passionate. We must make no mistakes and seize every opportunity that we have through our teamwork to win the game.
“In this group there are two big teams, Bayern Munich and Tottenham. If we manage to qualify it will be a very good result. If they qualify in the top two places and we take the third place and continue into the Europa League it will equally be a good result.
“This group is like a small tournament on its own, things might become clear quite quickly if there are no draws. If there are no draws all thing will become crystal clear pretty soon.”
Tottenham boss Pochettino: "It was a long period after the final in Madrid. Being honest I was thinking a lot during the summer. To finish losing the final is always so painful because you can't put out the feeling and you need to wait to start again to repair the damage."
[On trusting Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen - who are in the last year of their deal] “The trust is massive and all that was affecting different players is now in the past.
"At the end of the season, we will see what happens [with those players]. We are focused on trying to perform. No one today will make us one of the contenders to be in the final but that is normal. The most important is to show our quality. I don’t care what people think – if we are contenders or not.”
"It's exciting to start a new campaign and here in Greece. It's going to be an unbelievable atmosphere as well. No-one today is thinking or giving us chance to be a contender to be in the final in Istanbul this season.
"But that is normal. That makes it again very exciting, our run in the Champions League. We know we have to start by winning. However, you can talk but tomorrow you need to show your quality. We need to show we have learned from the past."
Olympiakos v Tottenham: Head-to-head
Olympiakos have met Tottenham Hotspur just twice before in a competitive fixture; these were both in the 1972/73 UEFA Cup, when Spurs won 4-0 at home in the first-leg of their Last 32 tie, before losing 1-0 away in the return leg.
|25/10/1972||UEFA Cup||Tottenham 4-0 Olympiakos||Chivers, Coates, Pearce (2)|
|08/11/1972||UEFA Cup||Olympiakos 1-0 Tottenham||Arguroidis|
Olympiakos v Tottenham: Key Stats
Since 2009-10, Olympiakos have won five of their six European home matches against English opposition (L1), with three wins against Arsenal and one apiece against Manchester United and Burnley. Their only defeat in this run came in a Champions League Group Stage match versus Arsenal in December 2015 (0-3).
Tottenham failed to win any of their Group Stage games away from home in 2018-19 (D2 L1) but won two of the three on the road in the knockout stages on the way to the final; beating Borussia Dortmund and Ajax in the Last 16 and Semi-Final respectively.
Olympiakos have won their last five matches in European competition (all qualifiers); they have never won six consecutive such matches in their history.
Olympiakos are winless in eight Champions League matches (D1 L7), since a 2-1 victory against Dinamo Zagreb in November 2015. It’s their joint-longest winless run in the competition alongside an eight-game run ending in October 2003.
This will be Mauricio Pochettino’s 50th European game as manager of Tottenham Hostpur. Only Bill Nicholson (55) has managed more games in European competition for the club.
- Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been involved in 15 goals in 14 appearances in the UEFA Champions League Group Stages (12 goals, three assists).
Olympiakos v Tottenham: Odds
Odds correct at time of writing, courtesy of Bet365.