Tottenham are on the road again as Jose Mourinho takes his side to Belgium to face Royal Antwerp on Thursday night.Spurs kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 home win against LASK last week, and a win against second-placed Antwerp this week would leave them heavy favourites to win Group J.
Celtic come off the back of a stinging league defeat to scramble a late 3-3 draw away from home with Neil Lennon’s job on the line as angry fans bay for the manager to go. Sounds familiar? It should, perhaps because Lennon is the current hostage to Glasgow football fortune, having seen his side lose at home to Rangers and AC Milan prior to conceding an injury-time equaliser to draw 3-3 with Aberdeen on Sunday. In fact, it was back in October 2011 that Celtic – having lost 2-0 to Hearts the previous week and trailing Rangers by a worrying margin – went 3-0 down by half-time against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. They revived after the break to draw the game and, in a massive turnaround of fortunes, overtook Rangers in the table before the collapse of Craig Whyte’s regime forced the Ibrox club into administration and a points deduction, which guaranteed the league flag would fly above Parkhead. That triumph began the run of nine successive titles and the now ongoing pursuit of an unparalleled record of 10-in-a-row, to contort passions in the 2020-21 campaign even more than usual. Lennon called the events of 2011 to mind when he read condemnation of his players and himself, some by men who had previously worn the green and white, such as Kris Commons. “In Kris’s second season, he had hardly kicked a ball for Celtic,” Lennon said. “Now he’s digging out players and personally calling them out, which I think is wrong. We all go through difficult times as players, be it at Celtic or anywhere else.
Arsenal will be looking to continue their winning start to their Europa League campaign when they host Dundalk at the Emirates on Thursday.
For large parts of this match last night, Mesut Ozil’s tweets provided more entertainment than the action on the pitch.As Arsenal toiled away in Vienna, Ozil was back home tweeting to his 25 million followers, but his prediction of a 4-1 win for the Gunners looked in doubt when Taxiarchis Fountas pounced on Bernd Leno’s sloppy pass to give Rapid Vienna the lead.