06-Dec-2017 18:45:24 | The Guardian
Good evening everyone. Now, I don’t mean to be a buzzkill but on the face of things there’s not a huge deal riding on this. Spurs have won their group – a brilliant achievement, by any measure, even if Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are both off-key this season – and have little clear reason to go hell for leather. Apoel, meanwhile, are bottom of the group and are out, done, finished.
Well, not quite. If Apoel better Dortmund’s result at Real Madrid then they’d end up in the Europa League, which would be no mean achievement in this quartet I guess. And that, in turn, would deeper the pall of uncertainty that has enveloped Tottenham in recent weeks. On paper this is the kind of fixture that can give everyone a bit of a bounce again – a big win tonight could beget similar in kind-looking home league games against Stoke and Brighton. But if what will, presumably, be a skeleton lineup falters then the questions will remain. It’s a delicate one for Mauricio Pochettino, really: he needs to rest a few players who are, quite clearly, trudging through quicksand at the moment but not so many that Spurs get caught short.