Group D elbows each other in the last match


TOTTENHAM Hotspur, Sporting CP, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Marseille who are in Group D of the Champions League will be elbowing each other until the end in the final group match, Wednesday (2/11) early morning. Among other groups, the competition to qualify for the last 16 phase in Group D is the most intense.

Tottenham will visit Marseille headquarters while Sporting CP host Eintracht Frankfurt. No one in this group has confirmed a place to the next round and all four teams have a chance to qualify.

Tottenham temporarily lead the standings with eight points, followed by Sporting CP and Eintracht Frankfurt who both have seven points while Marseille have six points.

No doubt, the final match of the group phase is like a final because each team is aiming for a win in order to qualify.

Marseille, which in the first meeting with Tottenham lost two goals without reply, wanted to make a surprise in front of their own supporters. Marseille coach Igor Tudor believes his squad can beat Tottenham despite the negative results achieved by his squad on matchday five losing to Frankfurt.

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“We are now in a good position, we can confirm qualification by winning at home in front of our fans,” said Tudor.

On the other hand, Tottenham in a new mentality after losing two in a row in the Premier League finally picked up a dramatic victory over Bournemouth. Tottenham actually had a chance to lock up the last 16 ticket on matchday five but they were held by Sporting 1-1.

“We are preparing ourselves for the last game because we will play the final against Marseille. We want to go there, play and for sure we have to show great character in that game,” said Tottenham coach Antonio Conte.

Sporting CP will host Frankfurt with great confidence. The reason, in the first meeting they managed to steal away victory three goals without reply. A draw at Tottenham headquarters on matchday five also boosted their confidence.

“We have to fulfill the task asked by the coach. It’s true, (the last 16 chances) are all open. Now we have to play the final. Last year we did it against Dortmund and this year we will do it again,” said Sporting defender Pedro Porro.

Frankfurt will face a tough challenge when they visit Sporting headquarters. The Europa League champions must be able to reverse the mentality after the defeat at home in the Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund last weekend.

“It is a difficult job, as we expected. We always knew how difficult this group was. But I am very proud of this team, with the mentality they have shown,” said Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner. (UEFA/OL-4)