Thierry Henry reacts to Clint Dempsey picking Tottenham Hotspur as UCL dark horses
Thierry Henry was left in splits when former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Clint Dempsey picked Spurs as the dark horses in this year’s UEFA Champions League.
The Frenchman is a legend at Arsenal and made a habit of scoring against Spurs. He never lost against Tottenham during his time with the Gunners, scoring five goals and assisting once in 11 games.
He even famously sealed the title at White Hart Lane during Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ season under manager Arsene Wenger. Once you play for Spurs or Arsenal, granted you don’t cross that divide, then there is a bit of hatred that comes with it for each other.
Henry, being a legend at the Emirates, wouldn’t be expected to talk Spurs up a lot. Dempsey, on the other hand, would have a soft spot for the Lilywhites having played for us in the past.
The two of them were on the UEFA Champions League panel on UCL on Paramount earlier this week and the USMNT legend picked Spurs as a contender for the title. He said:
“I will pick a dark horse. I am not biased at all, maybe Tottenham. I think they might get it done. [Antonio] Conte’s a winner.”
Henry burst into laughter following these comments and was clearly in disagreement with the former Fulham man. The video can be seen below:
Conte is a serial winner, but domestically. A quarter-final with Juventus is the best that he has managed. Spurs, meanwhile, have only reached the final of the competition once (in 2019).
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The last time a Champions League winner won the trophy for the first time in their history was a decade ago when Chelsea won it against Bayern Munich. And the last time it happened before Chelsea’s triumph was in the 1996/97 season, when Borussia Dortmund beat Juventus in the final.
It is a hard task, for sure. However, there is a first time for everything.