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Sporting CP coach says Tottenham Hotspur are clear favourites for tonight’s UCL tie

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Ruben Amorim in training with Sporting CP.

Ruben Amorim says Tottenham Hotspur are favourites to beat Sporting CP in the UEFA Champions League

Speaking in his pre-match press conference (h/t beIN Sports), Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim admitted that Tottenham Hotspur are ‘clear favourites’ in their group.

The two teams come face to face against each other tonight in the UEFA Champions League group stage fixture in Lisbon. Spurs come into this game after beating Olympique de Marseille while Sporting beat Eintracht Frankfurt by a 3-0 scoreline on matchday 1.

Amorim, speaking to reporters, claimed that Spurs will face the pressure for the game tonight as they will be the favourites to win.

Ruben Amorim is doing a stellar job at Sporting CP.
Ruben Amorim is doing a stellar job at Sporting CP. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

“Tottenham are the clear favourites in the group. They are a team that have one of the best attacks in the world with a winning coach in Italy and England and world-class players.”

Sporting CP are an opponent we should look to beat

Amorim has made his Sporting CP team into an outfit that is readily going toe-to-toe with juggernauts SL Benfica and FC Porto. While he claims Spurs are favourites, it seems hard to believe that their fans will go into this game thinking they should not aim for three points.

“Of course the previous game increases our confidence,” continued Amorim, “but the pressure will in any case be on the Tottenham who will be favourites.”

Eric Dier celebrates with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane against West Ham United.
Eric Dier celebrates with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane against West Ham United. (Photo by OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP via Getty Images)

Home games are the ones where you’d want to secure points if you aim for Champions League qualification. A draw away from home won’t be the end of the world for Spurs.

However, our fans would want to believe that manager Antonio Conte will set up a team that goes there to win the game. This match will also see an emotional return for Eric Dier to the city of Lisbon.

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He played for the Leoes until his move to Spurs in 2014. Eight years on and he has become an invaluable part of our team.

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