Tottenham’s dressing room celebrations emerge after Marseille victory
Tottenham train ahead of Champions League trip to Marseille
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Footage has emerged showing the Tottenham team dancing around the away dressing room at the Stade Velodrome after securing a 2-1 victory over Marseille on Tuesday night. The win means that Spurs will progress into the knockout stage of the Champions League, topping Group D.
Spurs only needed a draw on the night, though there was still everything to play for in the Group – with Marseille capable of progressing if they won. Despite holding the aces, it initially looked unlikely that Spurs would come away from France with the point that they required.
Antonio Conte’s side were slow in the first half and struggled to string together a sequence of passes, focusing all of their attention on defending their clean sheet than stealing the advantage with a goal. They were made to pay for that when Chancel Mbemba headed Marseille in front on the stroke of half-time.
Going a goal behind sparked a change in the Spurs team though, as they showed a willingness to press on. Clement Lenglet headed home an equaliser in the 54th minute before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a winner with the final kick of the game, and the Tottenham team celebrated in style.
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Emerson Royal shared a clip on his Instagram of several of his teammates arm-in-arm, chanting and clapping. Members of the backroom team were also amongst the celebrations, with other stars filtering towards one end of the changing room for a team photo.
The picture was shared by the players, with Harry Kane posting it on his Twitter account with the caption ‘Full time fireworks’ – aiming a sly dig at the Marseille fans who set off fireworks outside the Spurs hotel throughout the night before the fixture. Conte was not seen in any of the behind-the-scenes footage, with the Italian also being forced to watch the game pan out from the stands after his red card against Sporting.
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The late rally from Spurs certainly proved that they are capable of putting teams to the sword when they show a desire to attack, though that does not happen often enough.
Former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch told BT Sport: “I’m frustrated, I’m very similar to the fans’ perspective I just don’t understand why you don’t start on the front foot. It gives teams impetus; it gives them hope, it gives them belief
“When you start like that, especially away from home, you’re giving the impetus to the other team it’s just I don’t understand why you would retreat and invite pressure on. It gives the team a hell of a lot of confidence, they string passes together they’re playing into the game.”
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