Spurs' Europa League clash should be easy - Anzhi are in turmoil

Russia Fan Euro 2012

There has been some criticism over Tottenham’s start to the new season, but the White Hart Lane fans could have it worse…

Tottenham face Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League on Thursday night, with both sides already through to the next stage of the competition.

Although Spurs’ start to the new campaign has contained its fair share of ups and downs, their opponents have plummeted this term.

Anzhi were bought over by Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov back in 2011, who endeavoured to make the Dagestan outfit the top club in the eastern European country.

The likes of Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto’o and Willian have graced the club in recent years, but it has all come tumbling down since.

When Kerimov decided to pull Anzhi’s funding at the start of the new season, a quick-fire sale of all of the club’s main players has seen the side down to its bare bones.

Despite decent European form and progression through to the knockout rounds of the competition, their domestic form has been nothing short of shocking.

Unbelievably, from qualifying for Europe in last season’s Russian Premier League, Anzhi sit bottom of the division after 19 games this season – and are yet to win a single game.

Eight draws and 11 defeats have the Anzhi-Arena faithful understandably frustrated, with relegation from the Russian top-tier a real possibility if something drastic does not occur. At the moment they are ten points from safety.

So as the Tottenham fans turn up at White Hart Lane on Thursday or tune in to watch the game on television, they should remember that things could be worse and have some sympathy for the travelling support.

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