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    CSKA Moscow v Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs look for first Champions League group stage win

    By Alex Easley
    Moussa Sissoko has not travelled to Moscow after suffering a concussion.
    Moussa Sissoko has been added to a list of five Tottenham players that have not travelled to Russia for Tuesday night’s Champions League group game with CSKA Moscow.

    Police have issued a warning to the 250 Spurs supporters who are travelling to the Russian capital, after England and Russia fans clashed during Euro 2016 in the Summer.

    Domestically, Spurs are unbeaten and have had the best start to a season for 51 years, while their return to the Champions League saw them lose to Monaco 2-1 at Wembley a fortnight ago.
    Spurs lost their first Champions League group E game 2-1 to Monaco at Wembley.
    CSKA Moscow, though, will not be pushovers on Tuesday especially on home soil and remain unbeaten after eight league games despite crashing out of the Russian Cup 2-1 to Yenisei Krasnoyarsk.

    CSKA are also in unfamiliar surroundings, however, as Tuesday’s clash with Tottenham will be the third competitive game at the new Arena CSKA, which only opened less than two weeks ago.

    The CSKA Moscow coach, Leonid Slutsky said: "I believe that those English fans who come to Moscow to support their favourites will enjoy a high level of hospitality, not only at the stadium but everywhere.

    "I'm confident that they're in no danger. They have no reasons for fears.

    "Of course we should be very careful in dead ball situations," Slutsky said. "The appearance of [Toby] Alderweireld, [Jan] Vertongen or [Vincent] Janssen in our penalty box will definitely be dangerous.

    "But I don't think that the dead ball situations will be the only or main threat in tomorrow's match as Tottenham have a big group of skilled players in their attack and we need to shut them down."


    Sissoko was substituted during Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win at Middlesbrough with concussion, and remains at home for treatment.

    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino provided an update on his team news which the club announced on Twitter.

    Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose have also not made the trip to Moscow.
    Mousa Dembele is one of five Spurs players that have stayed at home for Tuesday's game in Moscow.

    This is the first competitive meeting between CSKA Moscow and Tottenham Hotspur, English clubs are unbeaten on their last four Champions League visits to CSKA Moscow (W2 D2 L0).

    CSKA Moscow have failed to keep clean sheet in their last eight Champions League games against English opposition.

    Tottenham have lost only one of their five previous encounters with Russian clubs in all competitions (1-0 away defeat v Rubin Kazan in the 2011/12 Europa League), winning three and drawing one.

    Spurs failed to win any of their away group stage games in their only other Champions League appearance in 2010/11 (W0 D2 L1); their only away victory that season came at the San Siro against Milan in the Last 16 (1-0).

    After reaching the knockout stages in 2011/12, CSKA Moscow have since failed to progress past the group stage picking up just three victories in 19 games since then (W3 D4 L12).

    CSKA have conceded in each of their last 23 Champions League matches since recording back to back clean sheets against Trabzonspor in 2011.

    K.O. 7.45PM (UK) 27/09/2016 VENUE ARENA CSKA
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