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Tottenham’s potential Champions League round 16 opponents after Marseille win including a scary trio

Tottenham’s potential Champions League round 16 opponents after Marseille win including a scary trio

Tottenham claimed first place in Champions League Group D on Tuesday night, but only after a nerve-wracking 2-1 victory over Marseille.

With Antonio Conte in his first Champions League knockout phase since 2017/18,  SportDias  predicts Tottenham’s potential opponents when the competition resumes following the World Cup.

The Lilywhites entered Tuesday’s tough match knowing that a draw would be enough for them to advance, but a loss would see them eliminated.

After Marseille fans set off fireworks outside their hotel in the wee hours of the morning and created a hostile environment inside the Stade Velodrome, they got off to a poor start.

At the stroke of halftime, Chancel Mbemba put the home team in lead with a header. Clement Lenglet and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored in the second half to seal the victory and advance Tottenham to the next round.

Even though Tottenham topped Group D, a bad draw might face them against Real Madrid, AC Milan, or Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16.

At that stage of the tournament, Spurs will not face teams from their own country or from their own group. Thus, a matchup with Liverpool, who finished second in Group A despite defeating Napoli on Tuesday, is ruled out.

Groups A through D have already been finished, and Club Brugge and Inter Milan are the two teams from that portion of the competition that Tottenham might face.

A number of top clubs have something to play for in their individual groups when play begins on Wednesday, which could cause significant changes.

At that stage of the tournament, Spurs will not face teams from their own country or from their own group.

Thus, a matchup with Liverpool, who finished second in Group A despite defeating Napoli on Tuesday, is ruled out.

Groups A through D have already been finished, and Club Brugge and Inter Milan are the two teams from that portion of the competition that Tottenham might face.

A number of top clubs have something to play for in their individual groups when play begins on Wednesday, which could cause significant changes.

If PSG is unable to repeat Benfica’s result, they might fall to second place and into the crosshairs of Spurs.

On paper, the Portuguese team’s travel to face Maccabi Haifa is more favorable than the Parisians’ trip to Turin, where Juventus awaits.

RB Leipzig are Tottenham’s most likely opponents if they are drawn against second place in Group F. With Manchester City enjoying a commanding lead in Group C, Borussia Dortmund are destined for second place, which would also position them on Spurs’ list of potential opponents.

AC Milan are in a strong position to tie Chelsea for second place in Group E, but RB Salzburg, who travels to the San Siro, might alter the standings with a victory. Therefore, Spurs fans will closely monitor the movement of the pendulum.

After the victory over Marseille, stand-in manager Cristian Stellini delivered his own rundown of events. “We repeat the same routine of the last three or four games, didn’t start well in the first half,” he said.

“We didn’t use power or intensity in the first half. We let them play too much and we lost the pitch, they had the control of the game. After, in the second half when we changed to another solution, we had more control of the game. We had a good second half, I think.”

Tottenham’s potential Champions League round 16 opponents after Marseille win including a scary trio

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