This year’s Champions League group stages get underway next week, but Spurs fans have been left in a bit of a pickle. Can they enjoy the experience of seeing their side compete against Europe’s elite clubs, or will the desire to win turn it into a nerve racking experience?
With the group stages throwing Spurs right in at the deep end of top level European football, supporters could be forgiven for wanting an easier introduction to the competition.
However, although the Champions League betting won’t make Spurs favourites for clashes away to Werder Bremen and Inter Milan, the fans should try and make the most of these trips, both for their own enjoyment and the sake of the team. The other big issue will be the way the side perform in their Premier League games after European matches. Ordinarily no one would make Wolves betting tips to beat Tottenham, but after Redknapp’s men have made the return trip to Germany, fatigue could easily set in.
Spurs will need their supporters to be firmly behind them, both at White Hart Lane and in stadiums like the San Siro. The 12th man is something of a cliche, but it can provide a real boost to players during big games. They will also need to ensure they’re in fine voice domestically the following weekend, especially if the mid-week European game hasn’t gone their way.
Spurs have already shown they can compete against the biggest and the best by more than holding their own against Manchester City on the opening day of this season and the fact they finished fourth in the Premier League means they have every right to mix it with the big boys.
That said, this season’s exploits will provide Harry Redknapp with his toughest test to date, but pass or fail it should be a fun ride.