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    Tottenham Hotspur v AS Monaco Preview: Mousa Dembele available for Champions League Group Opener

    By Alex Easley
    Mousa Dembele is available for Spurs after he was banned for the first four fixtures of the season.
    Midfielder Mousa Dembele is available to play against Monaco in Tottenham’s first Champions League group stage game on Wednesday night.

    Dembele’s availability is good news for manager Mauricio Pochettino, who will be without fullback Danny Rose as he is still recovering from a knock suffered while playing for England.

    There was also a boost for the club on Tuesday as they confirmed Eric Dier had signed a new five-year contract.

    The two sides met each other for the first time in competitive action last season the Europa League group stage, with Spurs running out 4-1 winners at White Hart Lane.
    Spurs will play their home Champions League fixtures at Wembley this season.
    This time though, the match will be played at Wembley stadium, due to the continued development of their new ground in north London.

    Head coach Pochettino said in his pre-match press conference that it will be an emotional night at Wembley: "It is difficult to describe the feeling because when we were training with a Champions League ball, with the Champions League logo on our kit, it was exciting for everyone.

    "Then at Wembley there will be nearly 90,000 fans. I cannot imagine what it will be like when we walk down the tunnel to the pitch. It will be an emotional moment.

    "We need to go there and behave naturally. We will have the same routine as we do at White Hart Lane - arrive three-and-a-half hours before the game, have some meetings, prepare for the match in a normal way.

    "When you play on a big pitch it can help a team who try to build from the back, as we do, because you have more space. Yes, it is bigger than White Hart Lane but we are not worried about our physical condition."


    Spurs welcome back Dembele, who has missed the first four games of the campaign due to a domestic ban carried over from last season.

    He received the suspension for violent conduct after clashing with Chelsea striker Diego Costa during the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

    Pochettino may look to ease the Belgium international back into action from the bench, while Moussa Sissoko is in contention to feature and Rose is out.
    Danny Rose is still not fit enough to feature after suffering a knock while with England.

    Tottenham have won one of their last five Champions League games (1-0 v AC Milan in February 2011), drawing two and losing two.

    Tottenham are the first team since Arsenal to play their Champions League home games at Wembley. The Gunners did it in the 1998/99 and 1999/00 group stages, winning only two of their six games (D1 L3).

    This is Monaco's seventh Champions League campaign. Only Lyon (14), Marseille and Paris SG (9) have more among French clubs.

    Monaco have reached the knockout stages in five of their previous six Champions League campaigns, including the final in 2004 (0-3 v Porto).

    Eight of Monaco's last nine Champions League goals have been scored in the second half.

    Monaco have also conceded only one goal in their last eight group games in the Champions League, against Benfica in November 2014.

    Erik Lamela scored four goals in two games against Monaco in last season's Europa League, including a first-half hat-trick at White Hart Lane.

    K.O. 19:45PM (UK) – 14/09/2016 VENUE WEMBLEY STADIUM
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