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What Eintracht has to prepare for against Tottenham

Et’s been a while since the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal fought for the top spot in the Premier League. Both clubs have had disappointing seasons but are now doing surprisingly well in the Premier League table.

Victory in their head-to-head encounter last Saturday afternoon would have put Tottenham past their eternal rivals, but the game ended 3-1 from Spurs’ perspective – and while they remain in a solid third place in the table they have to watch, as Arsenal do ahead of champions Manchester City.

Loss to Arsenal

The game also offered little that would have made the Tottenham fans particularly confident before the Champions League group game against Eintracht Frankfurt this Tuesday evening (9 p.m., in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on Amazon Prime). Coach Antonio Conte was annoyed by a hard but justifiable red card against his right-back Emerson Royal for a gross foul, which suddenly left his team with a man less on the field when the score was 1-2.

But even before the dismissal Arsenal had been the better team. Tottenham were too passive and made too many mistakes; as in Arsenal’s second goal, when Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris deflected a comparatively harmless shot forward and Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus only had to shove the ball into the net.

It was Tottenham’s first Premier League defeat of the season, having previously won five games and drawn twice. In Champions League Group D, the team defeated Olympique Marseille but lost to Sporting Lisbon. Before the game against Eintracht, both clubs have three points, the Spurs are only ahead of Frankfurt because of the better goal difference.

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