Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Beating Dortmund can give Tottenham season lift-off in UCL

Beating Dortmund can give Tottenham season lift-off in UCL

The Premier League runners-up will play all their home games this season at the England national team's stadium, Wembley, as Spurs' new stadium is still under construction.

Tottenham now turn their attention to the Champions League as they attempt to register their first win at Wembley this season.

Mauricio Pochettino's side won only one of their four European home matches in 2016-17 and have picked up just one point in their two home games in the Premier League this season.

With such a poor record at Wembley, people have been left to speculate as to how they will perform this season, with Joey Barton writing off Spurs' Champions League campaign before it has even begun.

Tottenham have bad memories of the last time they faced Borussia Dortmund. The first match in Europe is always the most important and Tottenham are expected to go full force against their rivals.

Dele Alli will serve the first of a three-match suspension for his straight red card in last season's Europa League match against KAA Gent, and his absence is a significant blow. "We [needed] to be in front of the goal a little bit more clinical", he said. He failed to make to make it out of the group stages with Tottenham last season.

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Bartra will miss the match against Spurs with a groin injury while captain Marcel Schmelzer will miss the next seven weeks after tearing ankle ligaments in the draw at Freiburg.

Pochettino's bench at Everton was as strong as it has ever been, boasting Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks and new signings Fernando Llorente and Serge Aurier, and the deadline day arrivals will provide valuable experience of playing in the competition. We've got to learn from last year's campaign.

"It's going to be an wonderful atmosphere at Wembley".

Both sides drifted in the Champions League outright markets after being drawn alongside 4/1 favourites Real Madrid, going from 28/1 to 33/1 apiece, although the German outfit are slightly shorter odds at 4/6 to qualify.

"Now we've got a good, bulky squad".

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