Tottenham 4-2 Olympiakos: Stunning comeback secures Champions League progress
Tottenham vs Olympiakos
Champions League Group B
8:00pm Tuesday 26th November
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham came from two down to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win over Olympiakos.
One aim from Dele Alli, two courtesy of Harry Kane and a stunning strike by Serge Aurier turned into the game on its head.
Spurs responded with a few of the trademark comebacks although first-half targets by Youssef El Arabi along with Ruben Semedo had witnessed nerves.
The victory, coupled with Red Star Belgrade defeat to Bayern Munich, means with one match remaining Tottenham are certain to finish second
By defeating West Ham on Saturday, mourinho had made a winning start however it became clear this fixture would prove far simpler.
Olympiakos were bright from the beginning and took the lead when El Arabi curled a shot into the corner of Paulo Gazzaniga’s net.
The confidence of tottenham was sapped and also their predicament became worse after a corner from the left dropped perfectly to tap into the net.
Mourinho acted withdrawing Eric Dier in favour of Christian Eriksen ahead of the half-hour mark in recognition that targets were the sole way back in the game.
However, the bad play rocked the audience and for a period every overhaul was greeted with groans before the length of this contest shifted.
Yassine Meriah misses the ball when trying to handle what ought to happen to be a regular Serge Aurier’s cross platform and Alli has the job of converting at the far post.
The equaliser came first in the second half when a out of Aurier caught out the Olympiakos defence and Lucas Moura cross found Kane free in the region.
Aurier scored himself, linking crisply on the half-volley when Alli’s cross from the left found its way to him via the mind of Son. The replay drew gasps from the crowd.
Kane added a second heading into Eriksen’s free-kick from the left to take the game and for everyone Together with Olympiakos wilting under the strain.
What had looked like becoming a nightmare night ended in applause and cheers. Tottenham simply do dramatic in this competition and also their Champions League adventure will go on.
Jose Mourinho said:”Conceding a historical goal in the home, the players weren’t in a moment of excellent self-esteem where they say’1-0, no issue’. There was a bit of a bad feeling among these players. The fans were fantastic however. The reaction wasn’t to place more tension but encourage them.
“And the way they responded to the next half, the preparation of the next half, to emerge from behind to proceed and realizing a draw would provide us excellence together with Bayern winning, but maybe not accept it and go for success, go in quest of happiness and confidence, they did this also.
“I expect another home game, the boys to start with ghosts, immediately open and to play with, because they are quite good players.”
The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League takes place on Monday, December 16 at Nyon, with event set to start at 11am UK time.
Before next week, Mourinho proceeds to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United tottenham come in front of their fans on Saturday against Bournemouth. Their sole Champions League match in Team B takes them to Bayern Munich with the two teams through to the round of 16.