Pochettino's men still struggling with reality of life inside the Champions League jungle
The only man to win a Champions League maxbet knockout game as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur was last seen on ITV drinking a smoothie made from pig's penises. Harry Redknapp may have swapped the dugout for the I'm A Celebrity jungle, but unless Tottenham can beat Inter Milan at Wembley Stadium tonight, his achievement of reaching the last eight in 2011 will remain intact for another year.
For Spurs, elimination at the group stage with a game to spare would be a humbling blow, rendering their much-anticipated trip to Barcelona in a fortnight little more than a sightseeing visit. Even the two consolation prizes - the relative luxury of being able to focus their energies on the Premier League, and a potential tilt at the Europa League in the spring - rather unhelpfully cancel each other out.
And quite apart from the short-term disappointment and the financial hit, you suspect the main damage would in terms of Tottenham's sense of self-worth. For a club that maxbet has made resounding strides over recent years, failure to progress to the knockout stages for the second time in three seasons would severely dent their claim to being a part of Europe's elite.
The Football Leaks disclosure that Tottenham were not a part of the recent discussions over a breakaway European Super League reinforces the notion that they are still a club on the outside looking in. On a sporting level, an early elimination would also buttress the sense that the Mauricio Pochettino era at Tottenham is plateauing rather than progressing. maxbet Three qualifications for the first time in the club's history is a seriously impressive achievement. But even a man as optimistic as Pochettino would struggle to dress up two group stage exits and a last-16 defeat as success.
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