Tottenham need home improvement for Dortmund visit

Tottenham won only one of their four European home matches in 2016/17 and will be looking to improve on that record when Borussia Dortmund come to Wembley.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) in action with Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer in 2015/16
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) in action with Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer in 2015/16 ©Getty Images

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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 all home fixtures at Wembley this term and their UEFA games there 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.

Previous meetings
• 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, Heung-Min Son 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.

Match background

Tottenham
• 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
• 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.

Match facts

Tottenham
• Dele Alli serves the first game of a three-match suspension.

• Having gone through the 2016/17 Premier League campaign unbeaten at home (W17 D2), Spurs lost 2-1 to Chelsea FC in their first match of the season at Wembley. They drew 1-1 with visiting Burnley FC, who equalised in added time, the following weekend.

• The north London club have won just two of 12 games at Wembley (v Chelsea, 2008 English League Cup final; v PFC CSKA Moskva, 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage) since the national stadium reopened in March 2007.

• Academy product Kyle Walker-Peters, who made his senior debut for the club in the 2-0 win at Newcastle United FC on the opening weekend of the season, signed a new contract until 2020 last month.

• Kane is on the 24-strong shortlist to be named The Best FIFA Men's Player 2017. The winner will be announced on 23 October.

• Kane scored twice, taking his international goals tally into double figures, as England defeated Malta 4-0 in the European Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup on 1 September.

• Vertonghen, Mousa Dembélé and Alderweireld featured in Belgium's 9-0 victory over Gibraltar on 31 August and the 2-1 triumph in Greece three days later, the latter result confirming the Red Devils' qualification for next summer's World Cup. Vertonghen opened the scoring against Greece.

• Eriksen was on target in Denmark's European Qualifiers against Poland (4-0) and Armenia (4-1).

• Son played every minute of South Korea's goalless draws against Iran and Uzbekistan that helped the Taeguk Warriors qualify for the World Cup.

Dortmund
• Dortmund started the season by losing 5-4 on penalties to FC Bayern München in the German Super Cup.

• BVB are yet to concede in three Bundesliga games this term, though their perfect start ended with a draw at SC Freiburg on Saturday – despite the hosts playing with ten men for over an hour.

• The goalless draw ended Aubameyang's run of scoring in eight successive matches for Dortmund in all competitions; he had scored in every match since 29 April.

• Aubameyang is on the 24-strong shortlist to be named The Best FIFA Men's Player 2017. The winner will be announced on 23 October.

• Andriy Yarmolenko registered both goals in Ukraine's 2-0 defeat of Turkey on 2 September.

• New signings Maximilian Philipp, Mahmoud Dahoud and Jeremy Toljan won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with Germany in June.

• Erik Durm (muscular problems) and Julian Weigl (ankle) have yet to play this season.

• Marco Reus (out since 27 May, knee) and Raphaël Guerreiro (21 June, broken ankle) are long-term absentees.