Tottenham’s assistant head coach Cristian Stellini insisted that the fireworks outside their hotel the night before their clash against Marseille did not bother the players.

The game in France had a lot riding on it, with Marseille needing a win to qualify for the round of 16 while Spurs needed a draw to do so.

Cristian Stellini

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Some of the Ligue 1 club’s fans decided to do their part to put off the visitors by trying to disrupt the sleep of the Tottenham squad the night before the game.

According to reports, there were ‘very prolonged’ displays of fireworks at 1.30 am and 4.30 am on Tuesday outside the hotel in which the Spurs players stayed, which is thought to have woken up several players (Guardian).

However, they did not have the desired effect, with Antonio Conte’s men managing to come from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Stade Velodrome to seal the top spot in Group D.

Ahead of the game, Spurs’ assistant coach joked that the fireworks displays were too short for the players’ liking.

The Italian told BT Sport (via Dan Kilpatrick): “We slept very well last night, we enjoyed the fireworks, but they were a bit short!”

Harry Kane also took to social media after Spurs’ win to reference the fireworks display. Here’s what the striker posted:

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One should expect these kinds of incidents during away games at Marseille, given the reputation their ultras have. Both Stellini and Kane dealt with it perfectly. The fact that the Ligue 1 club managed to throw away Europe League qualification by conceding in the final stages, is extremely satisfying.

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