Tottenham Hotspur are set to play Red Star Belgrade in a Champions League Group B clash on Tuesday, October 22nd. The game will be the Spurs’ first European match since the humiliating 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich earlier this month.
Spurs reached the final of the Champions League last season but were beaten 2-0 by eventual winners Liverpool. However, the north London side have struggled in the competition so far this season, having failed to win either of the two opening games.
They drew 2-2 away at Olympiakos in their opening game before an embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in London a few weeks later. Since the defeat to Bayern, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has come under pressure from some sections of the media.
The pressure grew as Spurs needed a late goal to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to bottom-of-the-table team Watford last Saturday, October 19th.
AFP reported that the Tottenham boss said he understood why questions were being asked about him. "I am not surprised. That is football," said Pochettino. "Football is always about to win today and tomorrow; what happened yesterday is gone."
"I understand it's the business. I am 47 – look, why do you think that I don't have white hair?" he said, adding, "Because I don't pay attention to any of this. I only pay attention to what we need to do to improve our performance."
The game against Red Star Belgrade is now a must win for Tottenham since defeat will leave their hopes of qualification hanging by a thread.
They will be boosted with Christian Eriksen’s return from injury. Summer signing Giovani Lo Ceslo may also be back, while Ryan Sessegnon and Hugo Lloris remain out.