Spurs under 19’s versus Porto: (match preview)
We may be out of the UEFA champions league but that’s the not the case for our under 19’s who are into the quarter finals of the youth equivalent. The UEFA youth league. Scott Parker’s side will contest a hugely important quarter final against Portuguese giants Porto tomorrow at Hotspur Way. Another side who exited the champions league last week, the highly regarded academy side have produced some impressive performances en route to this stage of the competition. I don’t need to recap our lads impressive route to the quarter finals, after defeating AS Monaco on penalties in the last round Parker’s side will be hoping for a not too traumatic game tomorrow. Unfortunately, Porto are a better side than Monaco. Porto topped a group (with 15 points!) containing the French side as well as RB Leipzig and Besiktas en route to the last 16. Where they then came up against the holders of the competition Red Bull Salzburg who they beat 3-1, a result I certainly wasn’t expecting! A club with a lot more experience in this competition then us, the form sways in the Portuguese sides favour. However, I couldn’t be any more confident that Parker’s side will progress. This group of players are phenomenally talented and have a wide ranging skill set. They’ve already produced some outstanding performances in this competition this season, and if they all turn up then I think that we’ll overwhelm the Portuguese side with our attacking prowess and flare. Tomorrows side will include a lot of the players who played in our under 23’s spectacular 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the weekend.
I’ve never seen this Porto team play before but I’m anticipating a very tough tie, and I’ve read good things about their 19 year old forward Madi Queta. I have got my ticket for tomorrows game and will be reporting from Hotspur Way on this crucial European tie, with a place in the semi finals at stake. My report will be up later that night. And for those of you who can’t make the game, you can watch it live on BT Sport, kick off is at 3pm. COYS ⚽️
In different news: I am working very hard to try and gain access to next Sunday’s under 18 premier league cup final against Chelsea, at the blues Cobham training ground. I can’t underline the importance of this game enough, and having been to every game en route to the final, I would be absolutely devastated not to be able to attend the final and see our lads take on Chelsea!
My predicted lineup: (4-3-3)Austin, Hinds, Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Brown, Roles, Skipp, P.Maghoma, S.Shashoua, Sterling, Bennetts.
Subs from: De Bie, Tanganga, Reynolds, Marsh, Oakley-Boothe, Duncan, Griffiths.
Doubtful: Nick Tsaroulla and Moroyin Omolabi.
My score prediction: Spurs to win 4-2!
One to watch: Porto’s 19 year old forward Madi Queta.
Statistics: Under 19’s: Goals: Edwards-4