Despite being the league leader with six points clear in the domestic competitions, things for Red Star did not go well in the continental competition. They only had three points before the game, and they needed more to qualify.
Tottenham’s results had been poor. Their only victory in the last six matches was the one over Red Star at home. Spurs were heavily criticized after the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. They need to produce some positive results and improvements.
Compared to the last league game, Vladan Milojevic made some changes in his lineups. There were some familiar names, former Chelsea man Marko Marin and the new arrival from Huddersfield, Rajiv van La Parra. Miloš Degenek replaced Radovan Pankov and partnered with Nemanja Milunovic. Marko Gobeljić, Njegos Petrovic, Dusan Jovančić all returned to the squad. It was a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Mauricio Pochettino also made huge changes to the starting lineup. Some heavily criticized players like Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld were all benched. It was the first start for both Argentines Juan Foyth and Giovani Lo Celso this season. Eric Dier played as a centre-half alongside with Davinson Sánchez. It was also a 4-2-3-1 formation from Tottenham.
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