Tactical Battles That Will Shape Tottenham Hotspur's Clash with Benfica

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Tactical Battles That Will Shape Tottenham Hotspur's Clash with Benfica
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Tim Sherwood's Tottenham Hotspur will attempt to overturn a 3-1 UEFA Europa League first-leg defeat in the round of 16 to Jorge Jesus' Benfica, so here are the tactical battles that will shape Thursday's match. 

Sherwood is going into the game with the aim of showing up Jesus after the Benfica manager made a three-fingered salute, presumably to goad Sherwood (the Portuguese denies this). 

"I've got respect for the football club [Benfica] and I've got respect for his [Jesus'] players," Sherwood said, per Ed Aarons at the Guardian. "[But] I have got no respect for the man [Jesus]."

 

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