Clement Lenglet is confident Tottenham Hotspur can qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League after they left Frankfurt with a point on Tuesday.
Spurs were looking to bounce back in Group D after last weekend’s humiliating defeat by rivals Arsenal, and although they failed to take all three points in Germany, the 0-0 draw had a good chance of putting them among the last 16 to create.
Tottenham are second with four points from three games alongside Frankfurt but face two key European home games against Bundesliga club and group leaders Sporting Lisbon this month which will go a long way towards deciding who finishes in the top two.
“I think we can score a goal and win the game. We’re playing a good game, with a lot of intensity, tackling and scoring chances. Of course if you don’t win you’re always a little unhappy, but it’s a good point and we have to do the job at home,” Lenglet told Spurs Play.
“If we want to do it automatically, we have to win these two (home) games to be really close to the round of 16 so that the goal is really clear.
“We have to play good games. We need to recover well because it was a really tough game and after that we need to prepare for the home game against this team to get better.”
Lenglet was aware of the threat from Frankfurt at Deutsche Bank Park, having been part of the Barcelona side eliminated from the Europa League by the eventual winners of the competition last season, and Spurs limited the hosts to limited chances.
However, Tottenham could not make the most of their openings with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in particular guilty of fertility.
Lenglet added: “Frankfurt are a good team. Last year I play against this team with Barcelona and it was really difficult – we lose at home!
“So I can say with my experience that this team is really good. We played a really good game with a lot of intensity, we win a lot of tackles and we try to cause trouble for this team and I thought we did it.”
Conte’s men are two games in a streak of 13 games in 43 days with a Premier League trip to Brighton on the horizon this weekend, but Lenglet is confident they can handle the busy period ahead of the Winter World Cup.
“Yes, we know we have a lot of games in a couple of weeks, so we need to recover well,” he said.
“It’s always a pleasure to play games. Difficult because we put the body at maximum intensity and it’s always very, very difficult to finish games and be ready for the next one.
“We have a good mentality, we work well, so I hope that in a month’s time we’ll speak and say we win a lot of games because that would be really good for the team and everyone.”
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