Ex-Spurs player predicts Champions League chances

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham have made far from the ideal start to their Champions League campaign this season, losing both of their opening two games in the competition.

Spurs debuted in Europe’s biggest cup by leading Inter Milan 1-0 at the San Siro, before conceding two goals in the final seven minutes to see all three points snatched away.

They then welcomed Barcelona to Wembley on a night when Messi ran the show from start to finish.

Despite a gutsy performance, Spurs lost the game 4-2, leaving them joint bottom of the group with zero points.  

Tottenham now face back to back games against fellow zero pointers PSV. Pochettino’s men will realistically need to win both of these games, before beating Inter Milan at home by a couple of goals.  I still have confidence we can progress and have placed a few quid on with https://winningsportsbets.co.uk/ to back my beliefs that Tottenham can turn their footballing fortunes around.

They will also need to hope Inter don’t get any points off Barca at any point.

Ex-Spurs man Ryan Mason believes it will be tough, but Spurs can still qualify.

He told talkSPORT: “It’s very difficult. They’ve got a double-header against PSV and if they can pick up six points and I’m fully confident they’ll beat Inter Milan at home. And if will probably come down to that last game against Barcelona needing a draw.

“The situation they are in is difficult. It’s a tough group. Man City and Liverpool have lost in the Champions League this season so you can’t expect to top your group every time.”

Mason was sadly forced to retire from football in February on medical advice following the shocking head injury he suffered during Hull City’s Premier League match at Chelsea in January 2017.

The midfielder sustained a fractured skull in a clash of heads with Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill while defending a corner during the Tiger’s defeat and subsequently received treatment for around nine minutes on the Stamford Bridge pitch. He had surgery at St Mary’s Hospital in London and was released eight days later but has since struggled with his recovery, admitting he had “no option” but to retire.

In April he took his first steps towards becoming a coach by returning to Tottenham Hotspur after meeting with Mauricio Pochettino.

Mason, who made 70 appearances for Tottenham, has been assisting Tottenham’s coaches with training across a variety of age groups on a voluntary basis and intends to undergo his coaching badges and has refused to rule out aspirations of becoming a manager in the future.

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