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Champions League: Inter Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur preview

17th September 2018

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Inter Milan make their comeback in the Champions League having been absent for six years as they face a Tottenham Hotspur side who are taking part in their third consecutive European campaign on Tuesday night.

Both teams have had indifferent starts to their respective campaigns, however, Tottenham has had the better of it having won three out of their five opening Premier League games including a 3-0 demolition of Manchester United.

Inter have only won one of their first four games in Serie A which will give Tottenham some confidence heading into the game on Tuesday at the San Siro. Both sides will be eagerly keen to kick off their Champions League as it is widely expected these two sides would be competing for second-placed spot in their group behind Barcelona.

The last time these two teams faced each other in the group stages was in the 2010/11 campaign. In the first game at the San Siro, Tottenham were 4-0 down at half-time having gone down to ten men and by the end of the game, they almost salvaged it thanks to a wonderful hat-trick from Gareth Bale as he announced his arrival on the European stage at the expense of Maicon.

The return fixture at White Hart Lane ended in a 3-1 win for Tottenham as Gareth Bale yet again took centre stage.

Last time out

In Spurs' latest Champions League campaign last season, they managed to top their respective group which included Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. They were thwarted in the last 16 by Juventus having lost 4-3 on aggregate.

For Inter their last Champions League venture was in the 2011/12 season where they also topped their group, however, they were knocked out in the last 16 by Marseille on away goals.

Key players for both sides

Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to players such as Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to play a huge part in Tottenham's aims of qualification. Kane, who scored 30 Premier League goals last season and hit seven in seven Champions League games, will be looking to lead the line once more for Tottenham.  Eriksen will be the one looking to provide that creativity, as it showed last season as he provided ten assists and scored ten in Tottenham’s league campaign.

For Luciano Spaletti, he has added the likes of Rajda Nainggolan from Roma and talented centre-back Stefan De Vrij to a side already boasting the goal scoring talents of Mauro Icardi and World Cup finalist Ivan Perisic. Icardi, who was, surprisingly left out the Argentina squad in Russia scored 29 goals in 36 games last season. Perisic, on the other hand, scored 11 in 37 and was also instrumental in Croatia’s route to the World Cup Final.

Team News

Spurs are most likely to be without their captain Hugo Lloris as he missed the defeat against Liverpool with a thigh injury.

Dele Alli is also unlikely to travel with the squad having picked up a knock on international duty with England

However, Heung-min Son will travel after his return from national duty with South Korea in their Asian Games triumph. 

As for Inter, their only injury concern is to defender Sime Vrsaljko who picked up a knee injury during the international break. 

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