Chris Sutton believes Tottenham have a good chance of becoming Group D table toppers in the Champions League this season following the draw this week.
Tottenham were included in Pot 2 and could have been put up against a difficult array of big-name teams. However, they enjoyed a much more favourable outcome with a rather balanced group of three opponents.
Spurs were pitted against Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting CP and Marseille as they look to enjoy a solid run in this prestigious competition under Antonio Conte.
This comes after the Italian boss spearheaded qualification for the tournament with a great run of form in the Premier League last season.
Frankfurt are coming off the back of an impressive Europa League win that saw them beat the likes of Barcelona and West Ham United to the trophy, earning them a spot in pot one.
However, they have started this season quite poorly, which has left them at the lower end of the Bundesliga table. Sporting are in the same boat, having been inconsistent in the Primeira Liga so far as well.
Marseille, on the other hand, have picked up from where they left it off in the previous campaign despite losing Jorge Sampaoli this summer.
Sutton believes that Conte’s side will have ‘every chance’ to end the year as the group leaders, even if their opponents are no ‘pushovers’.
The former centre-forward also expects them to have an intriguing clash against the French giants due to the presence of several ex-Arsenal stars in their squad.
In his Daily Mail column, Sutton wrote: “What a chance for Tottenham. Marseille is an interesting match-up because of their Arsenal connections. They’ve got Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac and Nuno Tavares.
“Premier League fans will recognise former West Ham favourite Dimitri Payet and Manchester United loanee Eric Bailly, too. Frankfurt and Sporting aren’t pushovers, but Tottenham have every chance of topping this group.”
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Despite getting a favourable draw, Tottenham cannot afford to be lacklustre in the Champions League. With Marseille being in great form right now, they could prove to be tricky opposition for Spurs, although Frankfurt and Sporting’s current situation could lend the North London club a hand in their attempt to get into the next stage.
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