The manager of tonight’s opposition, Giorgos Donis, insists Tottenham are not the only ones with a lengthy injury list ahead of our UEFA Champions League clash in Cyprus.
Mauricio Pochettino will be without a number of key men for tonight’s match at the GSP stadium, Christian Eriksen the latest to drop out through illness yesterday leaving the Argentinian with a selection headache.
Eriksen joins a list of first-team players on the sidelines that includes injured duo Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele. Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli are also absent due to suspension.
But Donis, who is a former player of our next Premier League opponents Huddersfield Town, has claimed his selection is also limited as his side aim to get off the mark in Group H.
Speaking in their press conference ahead of the game the Apoel manager said: “We know that Tottenham have some players missing but so do we. In fact, I think our absentees are more costly,” claimed the 47-year-old.
“We are realistic. We know that Tottenham are the better team. We need to be organised but to have more time on the ball than we did in Madrid. Confidence will play a huge role for us.
“In the last five years, we have got stronger from playing against such massive opponents. (Tonight) we face a team with great quality and we have prepared accordingly for the task at hand. A lot will also count on our own faith and mental strength.”
A little bit of subtle mind games perhaps from Apoel’s coach? Spurs are expected to be too strong, despite the missing players, and on paper that is definitely the case.
However, football isn’t played on paper and I think our lads will have to be on top of their game to get that vital win tonight. We know we tend to not make it easy for ourselves and we will underestimate them at our peril.
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