Sunday Mirror

‘Spurs in dan­ger if pressed’

- BY TOM HOP­KIN­SON Sports · Soccer · Tottenham Hotspur Football Club · League One · Royal Antwerp F.C.

JOSE MOURINHO’S Tot­ten­ham couldn’t han­dle Royal

An­twerp’s ‘high press’ dur­ing Thurs­day’s shock Europa League 1-0 de­feat.

That’s the ver­dict of An­twerp goal hero Lior Re­faelov, who in­sisted: “If you want to beat Tot­ten­ham, the for­mula is ‘high press­ing’.

“You hardly see teams in the Premier League try it, but it is the best way to beat them. Our game plan was fabulous, spot-on. We went for it, no fear at all, and man-on-man.

“Beat­ing Tot­ten­ham feels like three bonus points in our group stage. There is not a greater team for us to beat than Tot­ten­ham in Europe — look at the qual­ity of play­ers in their squad.

“They be­long among the best teams in Europe – they were in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal last year.

“We matched them with our level of play, and at cer­tain mo­ments were on top.

“Did they field all their best play­ers against us?

“There were cer­tainly enough qual­ity play­ers and big names on the pitch.”

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’TwerP Royal goal hero Lior Re­faelov

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