Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Socceroo's Champions League dream becomes a nightmare

Socceroo's Champions League dream becomes a nightmare

Tottenham could have Dele Alli back for their key Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven, but will be without fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele. Lucas Moura and Hueng-min Son start in attack with Harry Kane captaining the side up front.

The 48-year-old is now part of Pochettino's backroom staff working, with number one Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and third choice Paulo Gazzaniga. Only an error from Alderweireld and the red card for Lloris let them into the game. The team came out of Saturday with a 1-0 win over Vitesse, but PSV will need a similar outcome on Tuesday if it wants to avoid elimination from the Champions League. We could be playing better I think, but when you're winning while not playing well, that's a good sign.

"If we are able to win tomorrow and have the possibility to go to the next stage maybe we can play in the Champions League in March in the new stadium".

Tuesday's narrow success was Tottenham's first in the group stage and leaves them three points behind second-placed Inter Milan and six adrift of leaders Barcelona with two fixtures remaining.

Victory for Tottenham knocks 24-time Dutch champions PSV out of the Champions League, and sets up a huge shootout with Inter at Wembley in three weeks' time.

PSV, which stayed on one point and can not now qualify for the knockout stage, had defended stoutly after going ahead through Luuk De Jong's header from Gaston Pereiro's corner. I'm so happy, so grateful, and I understand their reaction. It was the earliest goal Tottenham has conceded in a Champions League game.

The Spurs boss praised the spirit of his players after four games in nine days.

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"This team is growing up", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

Asked about the pitch, Van Bommel said: "It's s***, so".

"You know he'll just brush that aside". It is not an easy period for Tottenham players or fans but we deserve credit. "We have been grinding results out here and there all season".

"Pleased of course, we're always trying to improve, but with all the circumstances the team is fighting". A win means the top two don't get too far away from them.

Jurgen Klopp's side stay second in Group C after Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain played out a 1-1 draw in Naples to leave the entire group separated by only two points going into the final two matchdays.

For the rest of the first half the home side were dominant, but Zoet in PSV's goal was in fine form, making a brilliant double save to deny Christian Eriksen and Alli in the 28th minute.

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