Sherwood warns Spurs of Dnipro threat at home
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood is adamant his side can turn over the 1-0 deficit his team fell to in the first leg of the Europa League clash with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Spurs trip to Ukraine brought forth disaster with a defeat away followed by a defeat in the league at the hands of Norwich City.
Sherwood has been trying to increase the morale of his side ever since, but the White Hart Lane boss admits his side has been under-performing. Sherwood also refused to accept that Europa League as an excuse for Tottenham Hotspur’s poor form in the Premier League.
After the Dnipro defeat, Spurs travelled to Carrow Stadium and fell for another defeat. Statistics show that Spurs have only managed to pick up 10 points from a total of 27 points when they have played in league games after Europa League games.
Sherwood is wary of this fact, and claims his side will be defensive against their Ukrainian adversaries, especially since the visiting team will be keen on picking up an advantage by scoring an away goal.
“We realize that they [Dnipro] have got threats,” Sherwood said. “They’ve got pace on the counter-attack. We didn’t learn as much as we would have liked about their defense, but I’m hoping that we’ll learn [from the first leg] because we’re going to try to get on the front foot and push them back and see how they defend.
“We know they’ve got threats on the counter-attack but we have to deal with that, it’s as simple as that. There’s no point in waiting until the last five minutes of the game and then deciding that we’re now going to come out and play. We need to come out and play from the start and hopefully we can put this [tie] to bed.”
Sherwood’s attack will be of concern as well. The White Hart Lane boss claims Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, who has been benched because of poor form, will start against Dnipro. Brazilian midfielder Sandro, who has spent more than two months on the sidelines recovering from injuries, is also expected to return to action.
The return of full back Kyle Walker is still doubtful, although Sherwood did suggest that the young England international is on his way for a speedy recovery. Walker’s hip injury will be assessed before the game.