Chris Sutton expects Tottenham win against Sporting on Tuesday
Chris Sutton has told the Daily Mail that he expects to see Tottenham Hotspur continue their winning start to the Champions League group-stages when they meet Sporting on Tuesday – though he was critical of Antonio Conte after his recent comments.
Spurs opened their campaign with a lacklustre win over Marseille. The contest was very much in the balance until the visitors had a man sent off. Richarlison went on to settle the game with a late brace for Tottenham.
They are now set to face a Sporting side who thrashed Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt in their opening game.
It has been an interesting start to the season for Ruben Amorim’s side. But they have scored nine and not conceded any in their last three in all competitions.
Sutton was critical of the way Conte recently moaned about the Tottenham fixture list. But that did not stop the pundit backing Spurs for the three points, and praising Richarlison for his form since his move.
“Antonio Conte doesn’t boast the greatest Champions League record. Not with Juventus, Chelsea or Inter Milan,” he told the Daily Mail, as he predicted a 2-1 Spurs win.
“You wondered whether he was getting his excuses in early when complaining about Tottenham’s fixture congestion before last week’s opening group game.
“Yet Spurs got off to a flyer against Marseille, an emotional Richarlison scoring twice as he continues to show why he was worth their £60million investment.
“Sporting are at home in Lisbon so I expect they’ll take the game to Tottenham, but that will suit Conte’s counter-attacking style. They have got the flying arrows who can hurt Sporting and make it two wins from two in their group.”
Sutton expects Tottenham win
Tottenham winning on Tuesday will see Conte’s men essentially put one foot in the knockout stages of the competition.
Normally, reaching double figures is enough to ensure a spot in the next stage. And Spurs will have six on the board after just two games.
It will certainly make their run of games leading up to the World Cup a lot easier. Conte now has real depth in a number of areas. And being able to rotate should only help them in the Premier League.
But Conte will not be thinking about that right now. Sporting are an extremely dangerous and exciting side. They are going to upset many in the coming years.
Tottenham certainly have the quality to win. But taking the Portuguese side lightly will do them absolutely no favours.
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