Tottenham Hotspur have not had the greatest success in recent times in any of their European campaigns, but that may all be about to change for the English club. A run of incredible performances has seen them take down some of the biggest clubs on the continent.
When the Champions League draw came out, it seemed as though Spurs had indeed drawn the infamous ‘group of death’, with last year’s champions Real Madrid, German side Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia from Greece making up the group. It was understandable that some fans thought that making it to the next stage was going to be an extremely daunting task. Drawing real Madrid is never a positive sign so early on in the competition, with the club having already won the tournament on 12 previous occasions.
To their loyal followers’ delight, though, Tottenham have been destroying their opposition so far in the league and are now looking like real title contenders to lift the trophy. Some fans have even decided to put their money where their mouth is, and in the last few weeks, there has been a sudden spike of bettors believing that the English club can bring the cup back to London. Form is extremely important when it comes to European competitions though, and it’s wise to have a look at their domestic ratings when making the decision to get behind a team that hasn’t performed that well in such competitive events. Currently, they are 16/1 to win the final, with Paris Saint Germain still the favourites at 7/2.
Perhaps the biggest result for the team so far was a convincing 3-1 victory at home to Madrid. Dele Alli was sensational during the match, giving Spurs the lead after 27 minutes and then doubling the advantage shortly into the second half. Key midfielder Christen Erikson then made it three not long after, and although Cristiano Ronaldo managed to pull one back with ten minutes remaining, it was too little too late for the reigning champions.
In the game before that, they secured a vital point when the team made the trip to the Bernabeu and even made Real fight for the draw. Harry Kane’s smart little run forced defender Raphael Varane to divert Serge Aurier’s cross into the back of his own net to give Tottenham the lead. Madrid even needed to equalise from a penalty, and Ronaldo pulled one back after a needless foul from Aurier in the box. After the match, the English striker said that any team would be ecstatic to take a point at the iconic stadium and it showed how far the team had come in the last year.
Kane has continued to impress this season after an incredible year last term and is quickly becoming one of the hottest strikers in Europe. Already some of the largest clubs in the world have expressed interest in signing the player, but currently, Spurs have no intention of letting go of their key danger man.
Just one point from their last game against bottom of the table APOEL will see the side finish top of the group. This will give them a clear advantage heading into the round of 16, being paired up against a second-placed side for the first knockout round. It would also be a remarkable achievement for the club considering the quality of their opponents in Group H, not to mention their disappointing performance last year in Europe.