Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Piraeus, Greece this week for their opening Champions League match against Olympiacos.
Spurs will enter the match off the back of a strong performance against Crystal Palace at the weekend that saw the north Londoners claim a 4-0 victory.
There had been some doubt cast over Spurs’ form in the opening matches of the season. Suggestions were made that there were underlying issues behind the scenes that were ultimately affecting on-field performances.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s men bounced back against a Palace side that had no answers.
Their weekend performance should give them a boost in confidence ahead of the Champions League opener against a side that they have only played once before in their history.
The last time Spurs and Olympiacos met was in the second round of the 1972/73 UEFA Cup.
Spurs were the reigning champions after their triumph against Wolves the season prior.
The fixture against Olympiacos was split into two legs – one at White Hart Lane and one at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
Spurs were comfortable victors in the home leg claiming a 4-0 win.
Jimmy Pearce scored twice along with Martin Chivers and Ralph Coates getting in on the goal-scoring action.
Whilst they were clearly the better side in the home leg, they were defeated 1-0 in Greece.
Olympiacos’ Roman Arguroidis gave the Greek’s a consolation goal but ultimately fell short to the reigning champions.
If history is anything to go by, then Spurs should be able to take points away from Olympiacos. But as they say, anything can happen in football, and it usually does.
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