Tottenham Hotspur FC aim to belatedly find their feet at Wembley as they kick off another UEFA Champions League campaign at home to Borussia Dortmund.
• With White Hart Lane being redeveloped, Tottenham are playing European home games at Wembley for the second season in a row – and having won only once in four European matches at their temporary home in 2016/17, they can ill afford a repeat.
• Dortmund have become used to participating in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds but with holders Real Madrid CF also in Group H, they will recognise the importance of a positive result in north London.
• Dortmund held sway when these sides met in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League round of 16, winning both legs for a 5-1 aggregate triumph. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus (2) got the goals in a 3-0 first-leg victory in Dortmund before Aubameyang struck twice more at White Hart Lane, Son Heung-Min scoring a consolation for the hosts.
The line-ups at White Hart Lane on 17 March 2016 were:
Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies (Rose 13), Dier, Mason, Chadli, Alli (Carroll 70), Lamela (Onomah 74), Son.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotić, Papastathopoulos (Durm 54), Schmelzer, Castro, Ginter, Weigl, Mkhitaryan (Kagawa 72), Reus (Pulišić 60), Aubameyang.
• This is Tottenham’s third time in the group stage and a second foray in as many seasons – the first time in their history they have managed consecutive European Cup campaigns.
• In 2010/11, their UEFA Champions League debut, Tottenham went all the way to the quarter-finals, losing 5-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid. Twelve months ago they came third in their group and moved into the UEFA Europa League, where they fell 3-2 on aggregate to KAA Gent in the round of 32.
• Tottenham took just three points from their three group home games in 2016/17, losing to AS Monaco FC (1-2) and Bayer 04 Leverkusen (0-1) before a 3-1 win against PFC CSKA Moskva on matchday six. They were held 2-2 by Gent in the UEFA Europa League and have won only one of their last five European home fixtures.
• Tottenham were unbeaten at home to Bundesliga clubs (W6 D1) before succumbing to Dortmund in 2016; the Leverkusen reverse means they have now lost their last two such matches.
• Mauricio Pochettino’s side – 2016/17 Premier League runners-up – were held 0-0 in Leverkusen last term.
• Dortmund, contesting the group stage for the 12th time and a sixth in seven years, have reached the knockout stage on their last four UEFA Champions League appearances. In 2016/17 they beat SL Benfica 4-1 on aggregate in the round of 16, subsequently losing 6-3 to Monaco over two legs (2-3 home, 1-3 away).
• On matchday one 12 months ago Dortmund triumphed 6-0 at Legia Warszawa – their biggest-ever European away success. They also won their next away game, at Sporting Clube de Portugal (2-1), before victory eluded them in their next three on the road, including defeats in the last two.
• Dortmund have been paired with Tottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal FC in the group stage on four occasions; they lost three of those away matches but won 2-1 at the Arsenal Stadium on 22 October 2013.
• On Dortmund’s last trip to England they let slip 2-0 and 3-1 leads to lose 4-3 at Liverpool FC in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg, going out 5-4 on aggregate. Their record in England is now W4 D1 L6.
Coach and player links
• Davinson Sánchez played under new Dortmund coach Peter Bosz at AFC Ajax in 2016/17.
• Ömer Toprak, Gonzalo Castro and Heung-Min Son were team-mates at Leverkusen between 2013 and 2015.
• Have played in England:
Nuri Şahin (Liverpool FC, 2012/13)
Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United FC, 2012–14)
André Schürrle (Chelsea FC, 2013–15)
• Reus and Mario Götze each scored in Dortmund’s 4-1 victory away to an Ajax side featuring Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen in the 2012/13 group stage.
• Kagawa and Jan Vertonghen both struck in Manchester United’s 3-2 Premier League loss at home to Tottenham in September 2012.
• Harry Kane and Eric Dier found the net in England’s 3-2 friendly win against Germany in March 2016; Götze, Reus and Schürrle played for Germany.
• Eriksen got Denmark’s goal in a 1-1 friendly draw with Germany in June 2017.
• Son scored five times in his five matches against Dortmund with Hamburger SV and Leverkusen.
• These clubs have two former players in common: midfielder Steffen Freund went to White Hart Lane from Dortmund in 1998; defender Lee Young-Pyo left Spurs for Dortmund in 2008.