European vice-champions Tottenham Hotspur will host Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League second round this evening.
Two of the most prolific strikers in the world, Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski will go head to head, when Tottenham welcomes Bayern Munich at the new White Hart Lane Stadium.
The UEFA Champions League runners-up registered only their third win in the 2019-20 campaign across all competitions, beating Southampton 2-1 at home last Saturday.
Spurs are far from their best though, as they’ve faced an early elimination of the Carabao Cup by fourth-tier side Colchester a week ago and opened their European campaign throwing away a 2-0 lead at Olympiacos only to return with a point from their trip to Greece.
Bayern Munich finally got on top of the Bundesliga table this weekend with a 3-2 win at Paderborn thanks to another Philippe Coutinho magical performance.
The Bavarians are the Group B leaders also, as they opened their Champions League campaign with an easy 3-0 win versus Crvena Zvezda.
New signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are Tottenham’s only absentees before the clash with the German (and European) giants.
Other than that, Mauricio Pochettino has a fully fit squad to chose from, with Kane, Son and Eriksen expected to lead the Spurs’ attacking line.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 30, 2019
Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry is set to feature for Bayern as he returns to London this evening.
Teenage forward Jann-Fiete Arp and Leon Goretzka will miss the trip to the English capital, both of them through injury problems.
Talk to the press
Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham’s 2-1 win vs Southampton was a perfect timing before the upcoming clash with Bayern this week.
“It was perfect timing, after a difficult week, and so important to show our quality, togetherness and the spirit that makes us a special team,” he said at the press conference.
“I am so happy. It showed that when we are all together, we can do amazing things. Now we have to keep going. We have a few games more before the international break and it’s so important to keep the same level of focus. It will be tough, starting against Bayern Munich.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 30, 2019
“We all expect a very tough game. Bayern Munich are a great team, a great club, amazing players, great manager. It will be an exciting game. This is a moment to enjoy the possibility of playing Champions League football against one of the best teams in Europe.”
Both sides have met each other four times in history, with Tottenham recovering from a 1-0 defeat from the first leg of the UEFA Cup third round back in 1983-84, to go through thanks to a 2-0 home victory, as they went on to lift the title.
The London club have won eight of their last 11 UEFA Champions League home matches – including four in a row before the Ajax defeat in the semi-finals.
Bayern Munich are unbeaten in nine away Champions League games (W6 D3), they last went on a longer run between October 2012 and April 2014 (10 games).
Tottenham have won each of their last four Champions League matches versus German opponents – all versus Borussia Dortmund.
The Bavarians have won only one of their last five games away to English clubs (D2 L2), a 5-1 success against Tottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal in the 2016/17 campaign.