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Tottenham vs Marseille LIVE: Champions League result, final score and reaction as Richarlison double seals Spurs win

Tottenham 2-0 Marseille: Antonio Conte’s Spurs get the perfect start to their Champions League return thanks to Richarlison’s two headers

Luke Baker
Wednesday 07 September 2022 22:11 BST
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Richarlison’s first goals for Tottenham saw them mark their Champions League return with a 2-0 win over 10-man Marseille.

The summer signing scored two headers in the space of five second-half minutes to get Spurs out of trouble in their Group D opener.

Playing at the elite level for the first time since 2020, Antonio Conte’s men were labouring against the Ligue 1 side, who had Chancel Mbemba sent off early in the second half.

But Richarlison, making his Champions League debut, opened his account for the club in the 76th minute from Ivan Perisic’s cross and then repeated the trick to kill the game from a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg delivery.

His double ensured Spurs got their campaign off to a winning start in an otherwise largely difficult round of action for British teams.

Relive the action as Spurs win their opening Champions League fixture:


Spurs ready for Champions League return

Tottenham are buzzing for their return to Champions League action

Luke Baker7 September 2022 18:51

Tottenham have closed gap to Premier League’s top teams, Fabio Paratici believes

Fabio Paratici feels Tottenham Hotspur have closed the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool but acknowledged they still have a “long way” to go in their project.

The managing director has been at the club for just over 12 months and made a flurry of signings during that period, which included seven this summer.

July arrivals Ivan Perisic and Richarlison have hit the ground running and Spurs have greater depth compared to last season, but the Italian echoed the sentiments of boss Antonio Conte by insisting they are just at the start of a process of trying to compete with the world’s best.

Paratici told SpursTV: “One year ago I came here and if you remember my first words were we have to be better, build something important and arrive to be competitive.

“I think we’re in a good place, the gap has reduced. We finished in the table 20 points less than Liverpool and Manchester City so this gap is not possible to reduce in a small time but we’re much better.”

Luke Baker7 September 2022 18:41

Tottenham are capable of winning trophies, Hugo Lloris believes

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris retains the ambition and belief to lift silverware with the club.

Lloris recently celebrated a decade of service at Spurs and despite being a model of consistency during his 10 years in north London, he is yet to win a trophy there.

The closest the France international and many of his current team-mates came to success was three years ago when Tottenham lost to Liverpool in the Champions League final.

After two seasons away, Spurs are back in Europe’s elite competition following an excellent second half of the 2021-22 campaign under Antonio Conte, who saw them recruit wisely in the summer to fuel talk the club’s trophy drought – which now stands at 14 years – could soon come to an end.

Lloris said: “Yes, I’m still looking for it (a trophy) and I believe we are capable to make it, but as I said its going to demand a lot of effort, a lot of work.”

Tottenham are capable of winning trophies, Hugo Lloris believes

The World Cup-winner is yet to claim a piece of club silverware during his decade in north London

Luke Baker7 September 2022 18:34

Early Marseille team news

Marseille attackers Cedric Bakambu and Bamba Dieng have been left out of the Champions League squad after deadline-day transfers collapsed, while Dimitri Payet is expected to miss out with a calf issue, Samuel Gigot looks set to still be sidelined and Alexis Sanchez is suspended.

A variety of ex-Arsenal players are in contention to play against their former north London foes even with Sanchez’s absence, as Sead Kolasinac, Nuno Tavares and Matteo Guendouzi could all feature.

Predicted Marseille XI: Lopez; Mbemba, Balerdi, Kolasinac; Clauss, Rongier, Veretout, Tavares; Guendouzi, Gerson; Suarez

Luke Baker7 September 2022 18:26

Early Spurs team news

Bryan Gil and Lucas Moura are Spurs’ only injury concerns ahead of the match after Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristian Romero returned at the weekend.

Antonio Conte’s biggest call will come in the front three where Richarlison impressed against Fulham but may lose his spot to Dejan Kulusevski. Son Heung-min has started the season slowly but he and Harry Kane look nailed on for two of those three spots.

Predicted Tottenham XI: Lloris; Romero, Lenglet, Dier; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son

Luke Baker7 September 2022 18:20

Antonio Conte determined to improve Champions League record with Tottenham

Antonio Conte has revealed a burning desire to improve his record in the Champions League ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s opener at home to Marseille.

The 53-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world, having lifted numerous domestic titles in England and Italy, but has struggled in Europe’s elite competition.

During five previous seasons in the Champions League, Conte has only made it out of the group stage on two occasions and the furthest he has gone in the tournament was a quarter-final appearance with Juventus in 2013.

“Success in Europe with a trophy is important for every manager,” Conte said. “You know very well that it is not simple, not easy to lift a trophy in Europe and especially the Champions League. It is important to be there and you have more probability if you are the coach of a team who expects to win.

“Two years ago with Inter Milan we lost the final of the Europa League against Sevilla. For sure, in my heart, in my mind, in my ambition there is the will to have success in Europe.”

Antonio Conte determined to improve Champions League record with Tottenham

The Spurs boss has failed to make it out of the group stages on three occasions

Luke Baker7 September 2022 18:12

Is Tottenham vs Marseille on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Champions League clash

Tottenham Hotspur’s return to the promised land of the Champions League after two seasons away begins on Wednesday evening on home turd as they welcome Marseille to north London.

Antonio Conte’s troops enter continental competition on something of a crest of a wave - not only dramatically pipping fierce rivals Arsenal to fourth spot in the Premier League last term to secure Champions League football but also starting this campaign like a side that mean business.

Draws away to London rivals Chelsea and West Ham are Spurs’ only ‘slip-ups’ in six league games so far, with victories in their other four games having them sit happily in third, only a point off top spot in the nascent table.

Wednesday’s opponents Marseille are similarly in form however, conceding just three times in six Ligue 1 games so far to rack up five wins and a draw that means they’re level on points with table-toppers PSG.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the opening match of the group stage.

Is Tottenham vs Marseille on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and more

Everything you need to know ahead of the Group D clash

Luke Baker7 September 2022 18:11

Tottenham vs Marseille

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Tottenham vs Marseille in the Champions League this evening.

Tottenham return to the Champions League group stage for the first time in three seasons, following dalliances with lower-tier European competitions in the past couple of campaigns, and French side Marseille lie in wait.

Spurs overhauled north London rivals Arsenal to pinch fourth spot in the 2021-22 Premier League final standings, earning a return to Europe’s top table, and they will look to make the most of a winnable group that also contains Sporting Lisbon and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Antonio Conte’s troops have made an impressive start to the season, unbeaten in the Premier League after six games - with four wins and two draws to their name - as captain Harry Kane once again leads the charge.

Marseille have begun their Ligue 1 campaign in similarly impressive fashion however, as a 1-1 draw at Brest last month is their only dropped points and Igor Tudor’s men will be confident of getting a result at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Stick with us for live coverage.

Luke Baker7 September 2022 18:07

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