The Champions League draw saw Tottenham Hotspur land in a formidable but winnable Group D. Here is a preview of Spurs’ Group D opposition.
With the Champions League groups now drawn, here’s a preview of who Antonio Conte’s Tottenham will face having been placed in Group D. The group has some good football teams but lacks the big European names some fear. However, the first team drawn is a defending European Champion.
Arguably the weakest of the pot one teams, Frankfurt booked their place in this season’s Champions League by lifting the Europa League back in May.
That being said, the Germans had a challenging route to the final, overcoming Real Betis, Barcelona, and West Ham before beating Rangers on penalties to lift the trophy.
This summer has also seen star man Filip Kostic depart for Juventus. While World Cup winner Mario Gotze arrives and hot-prospect Jens Petter Hauge makes his loan move permanent, on paper, Tottenham certainly looks the better side.
Japanese attacking midfielder Daichi Kamada will undoubtedly be a threat, as the playmaker scored five times and assisted once on Frankfurt’s road to European Glory, whilst forward Rafael Borre was named in the team of the tournament.
But interestingly, Frankfurt has lined up in three different formations in their opening Bundesliga games; however, after a 6-1 defeat to Bayern Munich on matchday one, it’s hardly surprising manager Oliver Glasner has since been experimenting.
Unfortunately for Conte, this offers little intel as to how the German side may line up when they face Tottenham, although, by the time the two meet, they will have played several more Bundesliga games.
Ultimately, as far as pot one sides go, we have undeniably been awarded a favourable opponent. However, we shouldn’t underestimate the Germans, as lifting the Europa League is no easy feat.