Champions League | Sporting vs Tottenham: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Paratici on his achievements with Tottenham

Tottenham’s managing director Fabio Paratici spoke about his achievements with Spurs so far, but also about the fact that the development still needed to go further.

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Spurs Will Score


Having now strung together a three-game winning streak in all competitions, with three clean sheets and nine goals in tow, Sporting – who sit top of the Group D rankings after one matchday – are now out to end a barren record against Premier League opposition.


Indeed, the Lions are winless in six Champions League matches against English opposition and have never opened a premier European campaign with two straight wins, so history is certainly against the hosts as Tottenham aim to benefit from their elongated period of rest.


Marking their return to the pinnacle of continental football with a bang, Tottenham would have hoped to keep their momentum going against Premier League champions Manchester City at the weekend, but the fixture was one of many postponed in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.


Antonio Conte’s side therefore have their unbeaten run for the season still intact as they aim to record an eighth game without defeat in all competitions, but only one of their three away games so far this term has ended in victory, and they were far from convincing for long periods against Marseille.


Tottenham and Sporting have never locked horns on the competitive stage before, but the Lilywhites memorably fell to a 1-0 loss on Portuguese turf against Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League qualifiers last term before rectifying those mistakes with a 3-0 home success.

DPP Verdict

Sporting have certainly recovered from their slow start to the season in the manner that Amorim would have wanted, but a host of fresh defensive concerns will threaten their hopes of a fourth-straight victory and shut-out. The Lions should still experience some joy on the attacking front – Edwards in particular needs no added motivation to keep up his hot streak – but Tottenham can hit back against a depleted Sporting backline to record a second-straight European win.