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Tottenham Hotspur host Portuguese giants Benfica in a round of 16 tie at White Hart Lane on Thuirsday in a bid to exorcise the ghosts of their loss to Chelsea last weekend.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 8:05 pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on ITV and ITV HD.


Tottenham were humiliated by Chelsea last weekend when they drubbed the north London club 4-0 in what was a shambolic display from Tim Sherwood's men.

All goals conceded were down to individual errors on part of the Tottenham players, something which got a scathing review from the manager in his post match press conference.

Sandro revealed that the players had a meeting amongst each other for two hours after the game and will be looking to give a good account of themselves ahead of their tie against Arsenal in the Premier League next weekend.

Spurs are currently six points behind the Gunners in fifth position and need some confidence coming into the game to keep their hopes alive of a top four spot.

A win over Benfica, who crashed out of the Champions League owing to a worse head to head record against Olympiacos, will be a major stab in the arm for the north London club.

Spurs made it to this round owing to a brilliant comeback in the second leg against Dnipro where they were trailing the tie 2-0 at one point.

An exuberant performance from Emmanuel Adebayor sealed the tie 3-2 and made amends from what was a poor European performance from the English club.

Benfica's UCL fate is not entirely in their own hands.

Meanwhile, last year's runners up Benfica will be looking to keep their form in Europe alive aftyer crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages.

They defeated PAOK over two legs by a scoreline of 4-0 and are among the major contenders for the title in the initial stages.

They will be boosted by the presence of Oscar Cardozo, who has missed most of this season with a back injury. They come into the game having won 21 of their last 23 matches in the league, while drawing two of the other.

What the Managers Say

Tim Sherwood: "A lot of the players here are playing for their futures. They know that now. They have to show they want to play for a giant of a club like Tottenham. Whether there's an overhaul in the squad is for me to decide. But there will be changes.

I want players here to prove they want to be here. I hope my comments can have a galvanising effect. They know how I am, they know how I felt about what happened. We've got to move on, we can't dwell on it. They're all men, they know I'm saying it from the heart, not from a script, but on impulse. I shoot from the hip"

Jorge Jesus: "It's an important game but the league is our great goal, I won't change the focus from that. The priority is to be champions again, and taking this idea into account, the league is our priority although other competitions are important too."

Form Guide


  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): L W W L L
  • Last Result: Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham


  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Benfica 2-0 Estorii