TIME TICK­ING FOR POCH’S TOT­TEN­HAM

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Tot­ten­ham’s im­prob­a­ble roller­coaster run to the club’s first ever CL fi­nal last sea­son has masked a steady de­cline in re­sults for Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s men stretch­ing back to Fe­bru­ary. Po­chet­tino re­mains without a tro­phy after five sea­sons in charge. Spurs travel to Olympiakos on Wed­nes­day with Bay­ern Mu­nich and Red Star Bel­grade to come in Group B. Tot­ten­ham should be con­fi­dent of progress to the last 16 for a third straight sea­son, but their form over the past seven months means they can take lit­tle for granted.

PEP CHASES CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE VINDICATIO­N

After a se­ries of painful Cham­pi­ons League fail­ures, Pep Guardi­ola is on a mis­sion to seal his Manch­ester City legacy by fi­nally get­ting his hands on the tro­phy again. City start their lat­est bid to win the club’s first Euro­pean Cup with a trip to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Group C opener on Wed­nes­day. The long flight to Ukraine will give Pep plenty of time to pon­der his cu­ri­ous streak of CL flops in re­cent years. It has proved im­pos­si­ble for Guardi­ola to mas­ter since he ar­rived at the Eti­had Sta­dium. They are al­ready five points be­hind lead­ers Liver­pool in the Pre­mier­ship after Satur­day’s de­feat at Nor­wich. At least City have what looks on pa­per a rel­a­tively un­de­mand­ing group, with Ata­lanta and Di­namo Za­greb their other op­po­nents.

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