Tottenham’s Champions League group stage verdict: Mauricio Pochettino will fancy his chances against Bayern Munich but they face tricky trips to Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade
- Tottenham face some tricky away trips in their Champions League group
- Bayern Munich will be favourites but are a side in transition after summer exits
- Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade will not be easy places to go to for Spurs
Last year’s Champions League finalists Tottenham have been handed a tricky group stage draw in their bid to go one better in 2019-20.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side face European giants Bayern Munich while Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade also make up their group.
While they stand a good chance of making it through, it won’t be easy for Spurs in Group B. Sportsmail assess their chances of making it through.
Tottenham were drawn into Group B of the 2019-20 Champions League group stage
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have a good chance of making it to the last-16 of the competition
Group B Opponents
The retirement of Arjen Robben and departure of Franck Ribery mean Bayern Munich are a side in transition heading into this season’s competition.
The arrival of Philippe Coutinho should ensure Robert Lewandowski has a consistent supply line but the failure to replace Robben and Ribery following their failed pursuit of Leroy Sane could harm their chances of success in Europe this season.
If Lewandowski doesn’t fire, Bayern could struggle for goals in Europe.
Bayern have lifted the European Cup five times – the last coming in 2013.
A weakened attack means Bayern aren’t the force they were with Robben and Ribery.
Bayern Munich are a strong outfit but will be a side in transition after summer departures
There have been wholesale changes at Olympiacos. Eleven players in and seven out the door. Their record in England is pitiful over the years, though they did spring a surprise at the Emirates in 2015 and their home form is daunting.
Youssef El Arabi
The 32-year-old has three in four games this season, two of which were crucial in qualifying for the group stages.
The Greek runners-up’s best finish in the Champions League was when they reached the quarter-finals in the 1998-99 campaign.
No opposition teams like facing the hostile atmosphere at the Karaiskakis Stadium but that is unlikely going to be enough to help them reach the last-16.
Olympiacos have a dire record in England but will be formidable opponents at home
Red Star Belgrade
Returned to the Champions League last year after a long exodus. They weren’t quite the whipping boys everyone expected them to be in a group comprising PSG, Napoli and Liverpool. They took points off Napoli at home and beat Liverpool 2-0. Spurs cannot afford to take a trip to Belgrade for granted.
Remember him? The winger who signed for Chelsea but never really played? Well he is the shining light for Belgrade now.
They won the European Cup in 1991.
Beat the holders Liverpool last season at home. Their away record let them down. The hostile atmosphere at the Red Star Stadium is something to be wary of.
Spurs will travel 3,584 miles during group stage
Red Star Belgrade have secured successive qualifications for the Champions League
Where will Tottenham finish in group?
Tottenham’s away form will be critical. They are good enough to beat both Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade both home and away but it is by no means a given. But if they can take at least three points off Bayern Munich then that will surely be enough to secure them runners-up spot.