Tottenham win, Liverpool lose – both can still qualify as we go through the scenarios

Tottenham

Tottenham got a huge 1-0 win against Inter at Wembley last night, as Christian Eriksen came off the bench and scored the winner 10 minutes from time. The three points means Tottenham have moved into second in their Champions League group, ahead of Inter. After losing 2-1 in the San Siro earlier in the competition, Spurs now have a better head-to-head record (because of away goals) and will finish ahead of Inter if they finish level on points. They’re level on points at the moment.

So, all Mauricio Pochettino’s team have to do now is match Inter Milan’s result in the last game. But the only problem is that Inter play PSV Eindhoven at home, while Tottenham travel to the Nou Camp to play Barcelona. Inter will more than likely win, which means Tottenham have to win. It’ll certainly be difficult, but at least they know if they win they’re guaranteed to progress. And one thing they have on their side is the fact that Barcelona have already won the group. Spurs will be hoping they rest a few for that game.

They’ve managed to keep themselves in with a shout, though, and should be praised for that. They fought on and didn’t give up. It’ll obviously still be difficult for them to get out of the group, but you never know. The win also gives them a boost ahead of the north London derby against on Sunday. They’ll be full of confidence after beating Chelsea and Inter in their last two games.

Liverpool

Liverpool were beaten in Paris last night, as goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar gave PSG a 2-1 win. James Milner scored a penalty for the Reds, after Sadio Mane dived to win the spot-kick. It’s one of those where you would argue that there was contact, but he was already on the way down before he was touched.

The Reds are now in a tricky position, but qualification is in their own hands. They’re currently third in their group: three points behind Napoli and two behind PSG. But they host Napoli at Anfield in the final game of the group. Since they were beaten 1-0 by Napoli in Italy, they have to better that result. So they have to win by at least two goals. 2-0, 3-1, 4-2, 5-3 will all do it. But it must be at least two; it’s the only way. If they match Napoli’s result and win 1-0, they’ll go out because they’ve a worse goal difference.

This is all assuming that PSG beat Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, of course. If PSG are beaten over there, any sort of Liverpool win will take them through. But that’s unlikely. Beating Napoli by two goals will certainly be difficult, but it’s by no means impossible. But they’ll have to be much better than they have been in their last few Champions League games. That’s three away games and three defeats now for Jurgen Klopp’s side. It is a very difficult group, though, and many knew it would have been difficult. But they would have expected Liverpool to do better, especially after they beat PSG 3-2 at Anfield in their first group game.

Tonight

Arsenal are in Ukraine to play Vorskla Poltava tonight. You may have heard that the game was moved by Uefa following the introduction of martial law in the country. They moved the game almost 200 miles away, to Kiev. Unai Emery has opted to leave all his top players at home, with Arsenal already qualified from the group and ahead of the north London derby on Sunday.

You can’t blame them either; Sunday’s game is huge. Their game tonight kicks off at 5:55pm.

Chelsea host PAOK at Stamford Bridge, with their game set to kick off at 8pm. They’ve also qualified, and just need one point from their last two games to guarantee they finish top of their group. Expect wholesale changes from Maurizio Sarri too.

I’ll leave it there for today. I hope to have the article on the north London derby up early in the morning, but it may follow a bit later in the day. I’ll have to see how I get on with it. If it’s not here first thing in the morning, I’ll let you know what’s going on in tomorrow’s blog.

News will be on Twitter throughout the day, and I’ll be back tomorrow with more. Have a good one!


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