Tottenham Hotspur did themselves a huge favour by beating Olympiacos at home last time out in the Champions League.
Spurs went 2-0 down in that game and a loss would have left them potentially needing a result away to Bayern Munich on game week six, a nightmare scenario.
Tottenham faced a similar task last season when they earned a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp, relying on PSV to get a point off Inter Milan to send them through to the knockout rounds.
However, this time around, Spurs have already guaranteed second spot in the group and cannot catch Bayern at the top of the table.
So, no matter what happens, Spurs qualify as the runners-up and must face a side that topped their group in the round of 16.
Perhaps the Lilywhites will be looking for revenge after that embarrassing 7-2 home defeat last time they played Bayern.
While he admitted him and his staff had watched it, Mourinho was adamant that not one image had been shown to his players.
He said (Football London): “Good question. No, I forbid any image of it. I watched it a couple of times: me, my staff and analysts try to go through every single aspect of that but not one single image for the boys. No. Not at all. We’re going to focus more on us than on Bayern. We’re going to try to develop our model of play, with different bodies, different phases, different players. But there is a certain way that we try to play football and try to develop our principles of play. And we’re totally focused on us tomorrow and less on Bayern. That’s the way we’re going to approach.”
#thfc Mourinho on the 7-2 defeat to Bayern: “I forbid any image of it.” Reveals he and his coaches have watched it back but adds: “Not one single image for the boys.”
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) December 10, 2019
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