Olympiakos v Spurs: A Point’s A Point
As Spurs went in at 2-1 ahead in Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Olympiakos, many fans on social media were drawing parallels with the Arsenal game earlier this month. Ultimately, their fears were realised as the runners up in the elite Greek division pulled it back in the second half.
A 2-2 outcome away from home isn’t the worst result with five matches to go in the group stages but with Bayern Munich next up, it would have been far better to hold on or to extend that lead.
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Spurs took the lead on 26 minutes through a Harry Kane penalty before Lucas Moura rifled home from just outside the box. The Brazilian seems a natural fit for our Champions League side as he recorded what must be the goal of our season to date.
Sadly, we just couldn’t hold on until the break as Daniel Podence halved the deficit on 44 minutes. Those that were expecting the inevitable were justified as Mathieu Valbuena equalised from the spot and the game fizzled out into a 2-2 draw.
Tottenham are still expected to get out of a weaker group than we were faced with last year. In the other match of the night, Bayern Munich eased past Red Star Belgrade by three goals to nil with strikes from Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. The plan looks to be to qualify in second place behind the German champions but Spurs can’t afford to keep throwing away winning positions.
Speaking on the club’s official website after the game, manager Mauricio Pochettino said:
My thoughts are that we are optimistic – one point at the end.
We didn’t start well but we scored the penalty and the second goal from Lucas but at the end, we didn’t manage it and it wasn’t a great end to the first half.
In the second half we improved but conceded another soft goal. We are conceding a lot of chances and conceding goals from the beginning of the season. We need to focus on being more aggressive like we were against Palace.
As goal scorer Harry Kane pointed out, the concession of the goal just before half time changes the momentum of the game. A point away from home against a side in good form in an admittedly weaker league isn’t the worst result but it’s essentially two points dropped as we head towards the autumn fixture list.
It’s a quick turnaround for Spurs this week as they feature in the early Saturday kick off against Leicester City. The Foxes have started well under Brendan Rodgers and this will be a true test for a Tottenham team who are producing mixed results right now.
An EFL Cup tie against Colchester United will follow on Tuesday but in terms of Champions League fixtures, it’s a battle against Bayern Munich at the new stadium on Tuesday October 1st. We’ve taken positive results against some of Europe’s best during our time in the UCL so there should be nothing to fear but Wednesday’s disappointing outcome means that a point against the Germans at least would be more than welcome.