Clement: “Every point is important”
Wed 05 October 2022, 16:55|Tottenham Hotspur
Clement Lenglet flew out of Frankfurt with mixed feelings on Wednesday morning.
The cultured French defender, 27, is closing in on 50 career appearances in Europe and knows full well that any point gained on the road in the UEFA Champions League is a positive one.
However, Clement, who has started five of our last six matches, felt we did enough to win against an in-form Eintracht Frankfurt team at Deutsche Bank Park on Tuesday evening.
We certainly had the better chances and the lion’s share of possession as an entertaining Group D clash ended goalless, leaving us second in the group at the halfway stage after Marseille’s 4-1 win against Sporting CP earlier in the day.
Speaking to SPURSPLAY, Clement reflected: “When you play away in the Champions League, every point is important, but we will go back to London with a different sensation because I think we could score a goal and win this game.
“Frankfurt is a good team. Last season, I played against this team with Barcelona, and it was really difficult, we lost at home, so, I can say, with my experience, this team is really good, and we played a good game with lots of intensity, we won a lot of duels, created chances and put this team in difficulty.
“Of course, when you don’t win, you are always unhappy, but it’s a good point and now we have to do the job at home.”
As Clement alluded to, we now have back-to-back home games in the group, starting with Frankfurt’s visit to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday (12 October, 8pm) in MD4 and then Sporting Lisbon in MD5 on Wednesday 26 October (8pm).
“If we are good at mathematics, we (know we) have to win these two games to be close to being in the Round of 16,” added Clement, knowing two wins takes us to 10 points, a total that will usually take you through to the knockout stage of the competition.
“So, the objective is really clear. First, we have to recover well because this was a really tough game, and we have to prepare for Brighton. Then we play Frankfurt at home, try to be better and try to score goals.”