Lev­erkusen rel­ish Spurs clash

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BAYER Lev­erkusen boss Rudi Voeller prom­ises his er­ratic Ger­man team will put up ‘a fight’ in to­day’s Cham­pi­ons League group stage match against high-fly­ing Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur.

After let­ting win­ning po­si­tions slip in their pre­vi­ous Group E fix­tures, Lev­erkusen must be wary of Tot­ten­ham, the only team still un­beaten in Eng­land’s top flight this sea­son.

Roger Sch­midt’s Lev­erkusen face a Spurs side buoyed by Dele Alli’s last-gasp equaliser in Satur­day’s 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Al­bion, which ex­tended the North Lon­don club’s un­beaten league run to eight matches.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s Tot­ten­ham are sec­ond in the Cham­pi­ons League group after their 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow three weeks ago, the same night Bayer drew 1-1 at ta­ble lead­ers Monaco.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. We’ll be play­ing in front of a full house against a very good team, who have yet to lose a game in the Premier League,” said Lev­erkusen’s sports di­rec­tor Voeller.

“We tend to do well against teams like that, we will put in a good fight and the fans will see a great game, hope­fully with a win for us.”

Lev­erkusen have drawn both of their group stages games so far.

Hav­ing raced into a two-goal lead at home to CSKA Moscow, they al­lowed the Rus­sians to come back to force a 2-2 draw with all four goals scored in the first half.

Like­wise, Javier ‘Chichar­ito’ Her­nan­dez gave Lev­erkusen a sec­ond-half lead at Monaco a fort­night ago, only for Kamil Glik to hit a 94th-minute equaliser with the host’s first shot of the game in a 1-1 draw. Lev­erkusen’s Bun­desliga form of late has been er­ratic. An im­pres­sive 2-0 win at home to Borus­sia Dort­mund and vic­tory away to Mainz was sand­wiched be­tween de­feats to strug­glers Werder Bre­men and mid-ta­ble Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt.

Po­chet­tino says Spurs should have had more out of their draw with West Brom, which left them third in the Premier League, but says they will be ready for the game in Ger­many.

“We dom­i­nated the game, we cre­ated the bet­ter chances, but we have to be happy with the point and now get ready for Lev­erkusen on Tues­day,” said Po­chet­tino, whose team lost 2-1 at home to Monaco in their open­ing game.

One of Lev­erkusen’s main tasks will be to con­tain Spurs’ star-stud­ded at­tack which in­cludes Eng­land for­ward Dele Alli, Ar­gentina’s Erik Lamela and Son He­ung-Min.

The South Korean in­ter­na­tional scored 29 goals in 87 ap­pear­ances for Lev­erkusen be­tween 2013 and 2015 be­fore join­ing Spurs.

He was the Premier League’s Player of the Month for Septem­ber and hav­ing played only the last 20 min­utes of Spurs’ draw, the 24-year-old could be in line for a start­ing berth against his for­mer club. — AFP

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