Tottenham will make their return to the Champions League this Wednesday where they will be facing Monaco.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have not featured in the European Premier League since 2010/11 where they made it to the quarter-final with the help of Harry Redknapp. The north London club drew alongside CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen as well as Monaco in Group E, so its safe to say they will be confident that they will reach the knockout stages again.
Spurs eliminated Monaco from the UEFA Europa League, last season, after beating them 4-1 in their final game of the group stage at White Hart Lane. Argentine midfielder, Erik Lamela, scored a hat-trick during the first half and although 23-year-old Italian, Stephan El Shaarawy netted a goal for Monaco, English midfielder, Tom Carroll added another for Spurs.
Monaco are returning to the UEFA Champions League after missing last season. During their last participation they reached the quarter-finals and they recently came third in Ligue 1 last season. Monaco’s most recent triumph in England was during the 2014/15 Champions League against Arsenal which saw them win 3-1 in the round of 16.
With already 80,000 tickets sold for this weeks opening group match, it certainly will be an excellent evening at Wembley stadium, as White Hart Lane is undergoing improvements. This match is set to be Tottenham’s largest ever home fixture, as well as the biggest home crowd for an English club playing in the Champions League. Chairman, Daniel Levy stated:
“The response from our fans has been fantastic and is testament to just how big this football club is.”
“This is going to be the best attended Champions League home game in Britain ever – what a way for us to mark our return to the competition.”
Lloris (C); Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Alli; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane.
Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wanyama, Dembele, Sissoko, Janssen.