Tottenham Hotspur are, on Tuesday, November 26, welcoming Greek side Olympiakos for their Group B Champions League clash, that is Jose Mourinho’s first home game with Spurs.
All looks good for the Spurs ahead of this important match with players who picked knocks in their match against West Ham United showing great improvement in training.
Lead striker Harry Kane, who looked to have picked a knock on Saturday and Jan Vertonghen who has had a hamstring injury trained ahead of the tie. Tanguy Ndombele who sustained a groin injury also trained.
Ben Davies, Erik Lamela and Hugo Lloris are still doubtful.
State of play
Tottenham Hotspur are heading to the match while sitting on the second spot of Group B and they will reach the knockout stage if they win – or if they draw and the other group member Red Star Belgrade fail to beat group leaders Bayern Munich.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last five games in European competition against Greek teams, having lost two of the previous three between 1972 and 2011.
Tottenham have never drawn a UEFA Champions’ League group stage game at home, with the north London side winning 10 and losing four.
Olympiakos are winless in 12 UEFA Champions League games, although one of the two games in which they’ve avoided defeat in this run was against Spurs on Match Day 1, a 2-2 draw.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min has scored five UEFA Champions League goals this season – he is the first Asian player to reach the tally in a single season in the competition.
Olympiakos have lost each of their last six away UEFA Champions League games, last enduring a longer run between September 2001 and December 2003 (eight in a row).
Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last three appearances against Greek teams in European competition, after failing to net in his first two such games. Kane opened the scoring via the penalty spot against Olympiakos this season.
Olympiakos have managed just two shots on target in their two away UEFA Champions League games this season and didn’t manage a single effort on target in their 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich.
Tottenham’s last two UEFA Champions League wins have been 5-0 and 4-0 victories over Crvena Zvedza; the only team in the history of the competition to win by four or more goals in three games in a row are PSG in October/November 2017.
Olympiacos are bottom with a point and they got a cracking draw in the repeat fixture against Tottenham, who made it hard work for themselves with the thrashing from Bayern Munich.
But Jose Mourinho has come at the right time to lift up the team’s spirit for an easy win.