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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Tottenham: 6/7 debutants, 7 goals 9 assists

SPURS vs MONACO



After a wait of five years, Tottenham Hotspur will finally play UEFA Champions League football again, this time at a full Wembley stadium, as they take on French side AS Monaco who qualified through the play-offs after finishing third in Ligue 1.

The last engagement in Europe's most prodigious competition was a 0-5 defeat on aggregate against Real Madrid in 2011 at the quarter-final stages.

The personnel has changed somewhat at White Hart Lane since then as has the manager and the sides approach. The only two survivors from that squad are right-back Kyle Walker who has rediscovered his form and Tom Carroll.

Goalkeepers

No.NamePG
1Heurelho Gomes80
23Carlo Cudicini30
37Stipe Pletikosa00

Defenders

No.NamePG
2Alan Hutton40
4Younès Kaboul31
13William Gallas80
19Sébastien Bassong40
20Michael Dawson40
22Vedran Ćorluka60
26Ledley King20
32Benoît Assou-Ekotto100
39Jonathan Woodgate10
41Calum Butcher--
44Nathan Byrne--

Midfielders

No.NamePG
3Gareth Bale94
5David Bentley00
6Tom Huddlestone50
7Aaron Lennon90
8Jermaine Jenas80
11Rafael van der Vaart72
12Wilson Palacios60
14Luka Modrić81
21Niko Kranjčar40
24Jamie O'Hara--
30Sandro40
40Steven Pienaar20
46Tom Carroll--
47Jake Nicholson--

Forwards

No.NamePG
9Roman Pavlyuchenko63
10Robbie Keane40
15Peter Crouch94
17Giovani dos Santos00
18Jermain Defoe42

There are others who have experience though, Jan Vertonghen has played 11 Champions League games (990 minutes), Christian Eriksen has played 16 games (1,174 minutes) scoring 2 goals with 6 assists and Toby Alderweireld who has played 20 games (1,747 minutes) scoring 2 goals. All three saw game time with Ajax while Atletico Madrid made the Champions league final with Toby Alderweireld on their books. 

Our captain and goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, has also played 36 Champions League games (3,270 minutes) for French side Olympique Lyonnais, making him our most experienced player. Finally, Son Heung-min has seen 16 Champions League games (1.111 minutes) scoring 3 goals with 3 assists.

The squad  has 7 goals to its name and 9 assists with Son Heung-min the leading goalscorer.

In total there will be six or seven players having their first taste of the competition tonight depending upon the side Mauricio Pochettino picks.



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