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Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund: Talking points
1) Time for Tottenham to step up
Tottenham will be hoping to make an early statement in the Champions League when they host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
Here, we take a look at five talking points ahead of the match at Wembley.
Time for Tottenham to step up
Tottenham’s sustained challenge for the Premier League title last season was not replicated in Europe, where they failed to qualify from a kind group before flopping out of the Europa League knock-out stage at the first hurdle.
Pochettino admitted his side had found the additional physical and mental demands too severe and it remains to be seen whether his current squad is deep or mature enough this time around. They have it all to prove.
2) Wembley curse looms large
Key to Tottenham’s struggles in Europe last year was their form at Wembley, where they lost both of their first two home matches to Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco.
A victory over CSKA Moscow proved too little too late while this season, defeat to Chelsea and a draw against Burnley has only increased concerns about Spurs’ form under the arch.
The atmosphere is not the problem, particularly on these European nights, and even the team’s performances have been encouraging. Results must surely follow.
3) Tough group offers little room for errors
If last year’s group was relatively friendly in Champions League terms, there is an obvious top and bottom to Tottenham’s draw this time, with Real Madrid clear favourites and APOEL rank outsiders to qualify from Group H.
In between, Spurs and Dortmund may be left scrapping it out for second place and this opening game gives the victors a chance to lay down an early marker. Dortmund may be happy with a point away from home; Tottenham should be gunning for all three.
4) Aurier and Sanchez set for starts
Serge Aurier will be jostling with Kieran Trippier for the starting spot this season and after Trippier was given the nod at Everton on Saturday, Aurier may be handed his debut against Dortmund.
The Ivorian will add power and penetration down the right flank but his defensive discipline will also be scrutinised, particularly if Christian Pulisic starts for Dortmund down the left.
Another summer signing Davinson Sanchez is expected to start in a back three against his former manager, Peter Bosz, who left Ajax for Dortmund in the summer.
5) Dortmund facing injury crisis
Bosz could be without up to nine players as Neven Subotic fell ill and became the latest fitness concern on Tuesday.
Also expected to miss out are captain Marcel Schmelzer (ankle), Marc Bartra (groin), Julian Weigl (ankle), Andre Schurrle (thigh), Sebastian Rode (knock) and Erik Durm (hip), while Raphael Guerreiro and Marco Reus are recovering from foot and knee operations respectively.
Tottenham are without the suspended Dele Alli but even so, look in far better shape.
Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund: Match odds
Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund: Key stats
- Tottenham and Dortmund’s only previous encounter was in the round of 16 of the 2015/16 Europa League. The German side won 5-1 on aggregate (3-0 in Germany, 2-1 in England), courtesy of three goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and two by Marco Reus.
- Tottenham are in the Champions League group stages for the third time after 2010/11 (quarter-finals) and 2016/17 (group stages). It’s the first time they’ve reached it in consecutive seasons.
- Tottenham have won only two of their last nine Champions League games (D2 L5). They’ve also won only one of their three games at Wembley in the competition (L2).
- Tottenham are winless in their opening game of a Champions League group stage (D1 L1).
- This is Borussia Dortmund’s 12th appearance in the Champions League, only Bayern Munich can boast more among German clubs (21).
- Borussia Dortmund have reached the knockout stages in their last four Champions League campaigns. This includes 2012/13 when they were beaten finalists against Bayern Munich.
- Borussia Dortmund – winners in 1997 – are one of three German clubs to have lifted the European Cup/Champions League trophy along with Bayern Munich (5) and Hamburg (1).
- Only three of Borussia Dortmund’s last 32 Champions League games have ended in a draw (W17 D12).
- Despite playing only three games in his Champions League career, Harry Kane has already scored two goals.
- This is Maurico Pochettino’s second Champions League campaign as manager. He failed to make to make it out of the group stages with Tottenham last season.
- Marco Reus has scored 12 goals and delivered four assists in his last 16 Champions League games.
- This is Peter Bosz’s first Champions League campaign as manager.
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