Spurs’ boss Antonio Conte criticises VAR’s Champions League ‘unfair’ goal denial
Tottenham are the only English club yet to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds and face a shootout with French side Marseille this evening to see who will progress. Coming into the final game week, Spurs sit top of Group D with eight points from their five matches. Just behind them are Sporting CP and Eintracht Frankfurt with seven and finally Marseille on six. Any two of these four sides could qualify depending on how the results go tonight.
Antonio Conte’s men should be the favourites to go through and will be buoyed by their 3-2 Premier League comeback win against Bournemouth on Saturday. The manager will be missing from the side-lines though having been sent off for dissent during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Sporting after Harry Kane’s stoppage-time winner was ruled out by VAR.
Marseille haven’t won in four games across all competitions and were soundly beaten 2-0 when they made the trip to north London on the opening night of this Champions League campaign. Richarlison netted both of Tottenham’s goal that evening but he will miss tonight’s match along with Dejan Kulusevski as both wingers are injured.
Follow all the action as Tottenham travel to Marseille for this crucial Champions League fixture:
Kick off: Marseille 0-0 Tottenham
Tottenham get the match underway and send an aerial ball down the middle of the pitch that Eric Bailly collects for the home side. Marseille take over possession and slowly work their way up the pitch before a pass down the right side goes out of play.
Michael Jones1 November 2022 20:01
Marseille vs Tottenham
The stadium is packed tonight and there’s an excited yet nervous atmosphere hanging over proceedings. This is by far Tottenham’s biggest game of the season so far.
Can they get through this test?
Michael Jones1 November 2022 19:58
Marseille vs Tottenham
Almost time for kick off. This game is essentially a final for both sides with the winner guaranteed a spot in the Champions League knockout stages.
Michael Jones1 November 2022 19:52
Will Spurs win away from home?
Tottenham have won only two of their last eight Champions League matches (D2 L4). They preceded these games with a run of three straight victories during the 2019/20 group stages.
Spurs have also failed to score in their last three away Champions League matches. The last Premier League side to go on a longer such run was Manchester United between October 2004 and November 2005 (five games – a record for an English club).
Michael Jones1 November 2022 19:48
Marseille vs Tottenham
Marseille and Tottenham’s only previous meeting in Europe came earlier this season, with Spurs winning 2-0.
Spurs have played away from home against French sides on six previous occasions in European competition without winning (D4 L2). The only one of these games that came in the Champions League was in November 2016 – a 2-1 defeat by Monaco.
Michael Jones1 November 2022 19:42
Group D permutations
Tottenham will be through to the round of 16 if they avoid defeat. They will finish first if they win, or if both games are drawn. Spurs cannot finish fourth.
Sporting will be through to the round of 16 if they avoid defeat. They will finish first if they win and Tottenham do not. Sporting will finish third and reach the Europa League knockout round play-offs if both they and Marseille lose.
Frankfurt will be through to the round of 16 if they win. They will finish first if they win and Spurs do not. Frankfurt will finish third if both games are drawn, or if both they and Marseille lose.
Marseille will be through to the round of 16 if they win. They will finish first if they win and the other game is drawn. They will finish third and reach the Europa League knockout round play-offs if they draw and Sporting lose.
Michael Jones1 November 2022 19:36
Marseille’s Alexis Sanchez: ‘Beating Tottenham every time was a great joy’
Sanchez was a favourite at the Emirates Stadium between 2014 and 2018, scoring 80 goals in 166 games, but tarnished his reputation when he forced a move to Manchester United, where he was a subsequent flop.
He now plays for Marseille and if they win at the Orange Velodrome on Tuesday night the Ligue 1 side will progress to the knockout stages at the expense of Spurs.
Michael Jones1 November 2022 19:30
Stellini on how Conte will be involved
Antonio Conte is banned from the touchline for tonight’s game so assistant coach Cristian Stellini will take charge of Tottenham. The 48-year-old explained how Conte would remain involved despite his touchline ban saying:
“He will work with us until we arrive here and then we have to stop the communication.
“We are not allowed to speak with Antonio at half-time. He will stay on the coach with the players [before arriving at the stadium], normally we use a different coach and then we will divide our way. We will go in the dressing room and Antonio will go in another seat. Then 15 minutes after the game we are able to speak again.
“It changes a lot, the presence of a coach like Conte is indispensable, especially for a tough match like this.”
Michael Jones1 November 2022 19:24
A long time to wait
Marseille’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the 2010/11 group stage was their most recent success against English opposition in European competition.
Will they earn another victory tonight?
Michael Jones1 November 2022 19:18
Will Guendouzi come back to haunt Tottenham?
Matteo Guendouzi played 82 times for Arsenal, including five games against Spurs but he won just once and lost twice in that run. Since then he’s made himself an integral part of Marseille’s team and a strong performance from him this evening could cause Tottenham some problems.
Michael Jones1 November 2022 19:12