Tottenham vs Marseille live: score and latest updates from the Champions League


Aand welcome to the live coverage of Tottenham Hotspur v Marseille in the Champions League. It is Spurs’ first game in this competition since March 2020, when they were hammered by RB Leipzig a few days before Covid-19 brought life to a halt. They return with a new manager, a bigger team and higher expectations – if they don’t win, at least they have a decent run.

Traces have been drawn in an intriguing group, without superpowers but also without showstoppers. Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting CP and tonight’s opponent Marseille are competing with Spurs for a place in the last 16. Antonio Conte has complained about the schedule – this is the first of three games in six days – but it’s all part of the underdog attitude; deep down he knows it’s all in the game.

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Conte will be desperate to do well in the Champions League this season. Mainly because he lives to win football matches, but also because as a manager he has a surprisingly bad track record in this league. Conte has never progressed beyond the last eight and in three of the five seasons his teams have failed to break out of the group.

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The Spurs’ start to the Premier League season was hard to read – results outperformed performances, and a record 14 points from six games puts them one behind the leaders of Arsenal. Marseille of Igor Tudor is second in Ligue 1, behind PSG only on goal difference; they’ve also come second in two of the last three seasons.

Their roster includes many of the premier league names, including Dimitri Payet, Jordan Veretout, Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Guendouzi, Eric Bailly, Sead Kolasinac and Nuno Tavares. It must be fun.

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Kick-off is at 20.00and we have team news just before 7pm.