Marseille vs Tottenham: French side looking to break 12-year-old jinx against English clubs

Tottenham’s form on the road in Europe has been great but Marseille don’t normally beat English clubs.

Tottenham Hotspur will qualify to the knockout stage of the Champions League if they can avoid defeat at Marseille on Tuesday night at the Velodrome. The Lillywhites looked to have won and sealed qualification after Harry Kane scored with virtually the last kick against Sporting Lisbon, but VAR intervened and ruled him off side.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte was subsequently shown a red card after his complaints and stormed out of a press conference shortly after that. The game on Tuesday night is on a cliff edge but Spurs have more than enough in them to go to Marseille and get the result they will need to make it to the next round.

The north London club do love hard work as they gave themselves all to do over the weekend, but got the job done by coming from two goals down to win 3-2 against Bournemouth in the Premier League. The nature of the win though shows a growing bond and a never say die attitude that will delight manager Antonio Conte.

French club Marseille have not beaten an English Premier League side in the Champions League since 2010 and have won just one of their last games coming into this crucial Champions League match at home.

Over the weekend they threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Strasbourg to the disappointment of manager Igor Tudor who was once Antonio Conte’s teammate at Juventus. They both share the desire to get the best of their teams and the Spurs manager would now look to take advantage of Marseille’s form to qualify to the next stage of the Champions League.