Liverpool and Tottenham Could Receive Extremely Tough Draw in UCL Knockout Round

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It wasn’t easy, but both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC were able to get their tickets to the UEFA Champions League knockout round punched on Tuesday. Both the Reds and Spurs had some struggles in the early-to-mid portions of the UCL group stage, but came correct when it mattered most, at the end and thus qualified as their respective grouping’s runner-up.

For Liverpool, it wasn’t secure until a stoppage time save from Alisson put Napoli on ice. For Tottenham, they had to play the waiting game on Inter-Milan following completion of their draw at Barcelona.

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Mauricio Pochettino: UCL Games in New Stadium Motivated Tottenham

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It certainly wasn’t easy, but Tottenham Hotspur did what they had to do, got some help and they’re now through to the UEFA Champions League round of 16. That now means all four English sides have progressed to the knockout round. (And with that, some extremely interesting and also very formidable match-ups for Spurs and Liverpool in the next round).

Early on in Spurs European campaign, it looked highly unlikely that they would ever reached this point, as they took just one point from their first three group stage matches.

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Tottenham Won’t Have to Face Luis Suarez in UCL Clash at FC Barcelona

Tottenham Hotspur have a monumental task in front of them tomorrow night, but at least it just got a bit easier now that they won’t have to face Luis Suarez. The high-flying, prolific goal scoring FC Barcelona forward won’t be involved in the UEFA Champions League group stage clash finale at the Camp Nou Tuesday night.

Suarez is recovering from a knee injury, one that required stem cell treatment, and could be on the shelf for a couple weeks. That said, Spurs still face a massive uphill task in Catalonia, given how Barcelona haven’t lost a UCL home contest since early 2013, an unbeaten run of 28 straight and counting.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs FC Barcelona Injury Report: Umtiti, Malcom, Aurier, Trippier

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The good news for Tottenham Hotspur is that they control their own destiny when it comes to qualifying for the UEFA Champions League knockout round. The bad news is that their destiny is a must win road match at FC Barcelona. Did we mention that Barcelona are undefeated in their last 28 UCL home matches?

Spurs attacking midfielder Dele Alli says his team is heading to Catalonia with confidence, aware that Barca could make mistakes just like any other team.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona have not lost a home game in the UEFA Champions League since September of 2013. Unfortunately for Tottenham Hotspur, they almost certainly have to break this very long streak in order to advance beyond the group stage. The second knockout round spot from Group B will go to either Spurs or Inter Milan, with the latter having a much easier opponent in PSV Eindhoven.

Tottenham has a big enough challenge already, but it gets even rougher when you look at the selection issues manager Mauricio Pochettino will have in defense. With both Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier doubtful, it means that Kyle Walker-Peters is likely to start at right back.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Leicester City FC

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Tottenham Hotspur head to the King Power Stadium tomorrow for a key Premier League clash against Leicester City, but they will likely also have one eye on the Tuesday night UEFA Champions League fixture against Barcelona. That’s because they will need to win the midweek clash at the Camp Nou in order to keep their European campaign going.

That said, we still expect Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to field a strong side for the match in the Midlands.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City Injury Report: Vardy, Maguire, Foyth, Trippier

When Tottenham Hotspur visit Leicester City today it will be match filled with English internationals, but a couple of the more notable members of the England national team won’t feature due to injuries. Another Three Lions star will be returning to action after having been on the shelf for awhile.

Neither team has any players suspended nor any individuals who are a doubt for this clash, but there are plenty of injuries to cover, especially in regards to the visitors.

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Southampton FC Officially Appoint Ralph Hasenhüttl New Manager

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When Southampton FC announced the sacking of manager Mark Hughes on Monday they said their search for his replacement was already underway. On Wednesday, the St. Mary’s announced their new manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, which shows you that indeed the wheels were very much in motion two days ago.

The south coast club moved very quickly to find their Hughes replacement, signing the man known as “the Alpine Klopp” to a two-and-a-half year deal. Hasenhüttl will take over on Thursday.

Tonight, in the match at Tottenham Hotspur, Assistant Kelvin Davis will serve as the interim manager.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Southampton FC

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Southampton FC caretaker manager Kelvin Davis has a very tough assignment for his first game in charge. He’ll face a fifth place Tottenham Hotspur side that is about as fit as they have been all season. And when the Saints go in to Tottenham lately, it has not gone well for them.

Spurs have claimed victories in eight of the last 10 home matches against the south coast club, with the only losses coming in September of 2003 and May of 2016. In looking at the first team that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could select for this match, it’s somewhat straight-forward with few changes expected.

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Tottenham vs Southampton Injury, Unavailable Report: Trippier, Vertonghen, Bertrand, Ings

Life after Mark Hughes begins for Southampton tomorrow night with a trip to Wembley Stadium and a match against Tottenham Hotspur. The Hughes era was extremely short, as the St. Mary’s continues to play managerial musical chairs. Saints will now be on to their fifth manager in the past 18 months.

In the meantime, they’ll be lead by former club captain Kelvin Davis, who has a very tough assignment right out of the gates. He’ll face a Tottenham team hungry for a result after ending up on the wrong side of a very emotional north London derby at Arsenal on Sunday.

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Unai Emery Quickly Shifts Focus to Man United After Tottenham Win

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Sunday brought an extremely consequential and thoroughly enthralling North London derby, but Arsenal manager Unai Emery was quick to move on from the victory.

The Gunners came from behind to beat arch-rival Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in the biggest game of the Premier League weekend, but Emery said in his postgame press conference that he was already looking ahead to the midweek clash at Manchester United. In the words of alt-rock band Everclear “so much for the afterglow.”

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Aubameyang, Ramsey Praised on Social Media as Arsenal Wins Exciting North London Derby

It was a high-scoring and thoroughly exciting North London Derby at the Emirates today in which hosts Arsenal came from behind to beat visiting Tottenham Hotspur 4-2. For now, north London is red as the Gunners scored three second half goals to best Spurs and move into the top four.

The result put Arsenal level on points with their opposition today, but Unai Emery’s side hold the goal differential tie-breaker. Arsenal got two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one of which came on a penalty. The rest of the Gunners scoring came via Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira.

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