Tottenham v Bayern facts
Monday, September 23, 2019
Tottenham let slip a two-goal lead on matchday one and now face a Bayern team who made a smooth start to Group B.
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Tottenham and Bayern München are meeting for the first time in more than 35 years having experienced contrasting fortunes in the first round of Group B games.
• After last season's finalists Spurs had let slip a two-goal lead to draw at Olympiacos, Bayern's latest group campaign began smoothly with a 3-0 victory at home to Crvena zvezda as they assumed early leadership of the section.
• The most recent of the sides' four fixtures came in the 1983/84 UEFA Cup, Spurs recovering from a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Munich in the third round to go through thanks to a 2-0 home victory – the London club would go on to lift the trophy.
• Bayern had come out on top in the previous season's European Cup Winners' Cup second round tie between the clubs, going through 5-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 away draw preceded a 4-1 home win in Munich, Paul Breitner scoring in both games.
• Spurs looked set to kick off with a victory as goals from Harry Kane (penalty) and Lucas Moura gave them a 2-0 lead at Olympiacos on matchday one – but the Greek side hit back to earn a 2-2 draw.
• Fourth in the 2018/19 Premier League, this is Tottenham's fifth UEFA Champions League campaign, and a fourth successive group stage appearance.
• In last season's competition, Mauricio Pochettino's side recovered from taking one point from their first three games to finish second in Group B behind Barcelona, ahead of Internazionale and PSV Eindhoven, via a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou on matchday six. Borussia Dortmund were then brushed aside in the round of 16 (3-0 h, 1-0 a) before dramatic away-goal victories against both Manchester City (1-0 h, 3-4 a) and Ajax (0-1 h, 3-2 a) took Spurs into a first European Cup final. Premier League rivals Liverpool proved too strong at the Estadio Metropolitano, however, running out 2-0 winners.
• Spurs' record in last season's competition was W6 D2 L5. They lost three of their last four matches, with the success at Ajax in the semi-final second leg their only victory in their last five UEFA Champions League games.
• In last season's group stage, Mauricio Pochettino's side lost 4-2 at home to Barcelona in their first home game, but beat PSV (2-1) and Internazionale (1-0) in the next two.
• The London club have won eight of their last 11 UEFA Champions League home matches – including four in a row before the Ajax defeat – losing the other three. They have drawn only once at home in the competition – 0-0 against AC Milan in the 2010/11 round of 16 (1-0 aggregate). Spurs' record in their new stadium is W1 L1.
• Tottenham were unbeaten at home to German clubs (W6 D1) before succumbing 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund in 2016; they lost their next such match too, to Bayer Leverkusen in November 2016 (0-1), but have won the last two, scoring three goals in beating Dortmund in both the 2017/18 group stage (3-1) and last season's round of 16 first leg (3-0).
• The Lilywhites have won their last four matches against German clubs, home and away, all against Dortmund.
• On matchday one Kingsley Coman's diving header gave Bayern a first-half lead against Crvena zvezda, further goals from Robert Lewandowski (80) and Thomas Müller (90+1) wrapping up the win late on.
• This is Bayern's 23rd UEFA Champions League group campaign, fewer only than Barcelona and Real Madrid (both 24). They have won their section 15 times, although their first-place finish in 2018/19 was their first since 2015/16.
• Twelve months ago Bayern picked up seven points away, and 14 overall, to finish first in Group E ahead of Ajax, Benfica and AEK Athens. They drew 0-0 at Liverpool in the first leg of their round of 16 tie, but bowed out after going down 3-1 in the home return.
• In the 2018/19 group stage, Niko Kovač's side won 2-0 at both Benfica and AEK Athens before a 3-3 matchday six draw at Ajax and the first-leg stalemate at Liverpool.
• Bayern are unbeaten in their last nine European away games (W6 D3), scoring at least two goals in each one before drawing a blank at Liverpool. Before winning at Benfica the Munich club had not kept a clean sheet on their UEFA Champions League travels in 14 matches; they have now managed three in the last four.
• Bayern have won only one of their last five games away to English clubs (D2 L2), a 5-1 success against Tottenham's north London rivals Arsenal in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg – the third game in a row against the Gunners in which Bayern had scored five goals.
• Champions of Germany for a record 29th time last season – with a landmark seventh successive Bundesliga title – Bayern had reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals or better in seven successive campaigns before losing to Liverpool.
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• Has played in Germany:
Heung-Min Son (Hamburg 2008–13, Bayer Leverkusen 2013–15)
• Have played in England:
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool 2013–18)
Serge Gnabry (Arsenal 2011–16, West Brom 2015/16 (loan))
Jérôme Boateng (Manchester City 2010/11)
• Coutinho scored in Liverpool's 4-0 win against Tottenham in March 2014, and was also on target in a 1-1 Premier League draw between the sides in April 2016, when Kane scored Spurs' goal.
• Son scored in South Korea's 2-0 win against Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage, eliminating the reigning world champions; Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Süle, Leon Goretzka and Thomas Müller all featured for Germany.
• Kane scored in England's 3-2 friendly win against Neuer and Müller's Germany in 2016, and also got the winner against Ivan Perišić and Croatia in November 2018 as England reached the UEFA Nations League Finals.
• Lewandowski scored for Poland in friendlies against Son's South Korea in both 2011 and 2018, and got a hat-trick in a 3-2 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against Christian Eriksen's Denmark in October 2016.
• Eriksen scored one goal and set up three as Denmark beat Lewandowski's Poland 4-0 in World Cup qualifying in September 2017.
• Perišić scored for Croatia in a 2-1 extra-time win in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals against an England team including Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Kane; Perišić was also on target in the final, a 4-2 victory for a France side captained by Hugo Lloris.
• Summer transfers
In: Jack Clarke (Leeds), Tanguy Ndombélé (Lyon), Kion Etete (Notts County), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis, loan), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Out: Fernando Llorente (Napoli), Kieran Trippier (Atlético Madrid), Michel Vorm (released), Jack Clarke (Leeds, loan), Luke Amos (QPR, loan), Vincent Janssen (Monterrey), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City, loan), Josh Onomah (Fulham), Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Beşiktaş), Marcus Edwards (Vitória SC)
• Spurs have won three of their first seven Premier League matches this season, all at home, beating Aston Villa 3-1 on the opening day, Crystal Palace 4-0 on 14 September and Southampton 2-1 on Saturday, despite losing Serge Aurier to a 31st-minute red card; their record otherwise is D2 L2.
• Tottenham won the first four matches at their new stadium, but have managed only three wins in seven games since (D1 L3).
• Tanguy Ndombélé opened the scoring on Saturday, his second Premier League goal for Spurs in his fifth appearance, one more than he managed in 69 Ligue 1 appearances for previous clubs Amiens and Lyon combined.
• Harry Kane, who scored the winner on Saturday, has ten goals in ten appearances for club and country this season.
• On 24 September Spurs lost 4-2 on penalties at fourth division Colchester after a goalless draw in the third round of the English League Cup. Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura both missed from the spot for Spurs.
• Tottenham have won just two of their last 16 away matches in all competitions (D4 L10), most recently at Ajax in last season's UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg. They have not won away in the Premier League since a 2-1 success at Fulham on 20 January.
• Giovani Lo Celso sustained a hip injury during Argentina's 0-0 draw in Chile on 5 September and is expected to be sidelined until the end of October.
• Summer signing Ryan Sessegnon is yet to play for Spurs due to a thigh injury, while Juan Foyth (ankle) has not appeared this season.
• Summer transfers
In: Lucas Hernández (Atlético Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Jann-Fiete Arp (Hamburg), Ivan Perišić (Inter, loan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona, loan), Mickaël Cuisance (Mönchengladbach)
Out: Marco Friedl (Bremen), Jonathan Meier (Mainz), Franck Ribéry (released, Fiorentina), Arjen Robben (retired), Rafinha (released, Flamengo), Mats Hummels (Dortmund), Renato Sanches (LOSC Lille)
• Bayern lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup on 3 August, ending a run of three successive wins in the competition.
• The Munich club won 3-1 at fourth division Energie Cottbus in the German Cup first round on 12 August and will visit 2. Bundesliga side Bochum in the second round on 29 October.
• Bayern went top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 3-2 victory at Paderborn, Robert Lewandowski scoring a 79th-minute winner – his tenth league goal of the season.
• Niko Kovač's side opened the new Bundesliga season with a 2-2 draw in Munich against Hertha Berlin on 16 August, but have since beaten Schalke away (3-0) and Mainz (6-1) and Köln (4-0) at home. They drew 1-1 away to then leaders RB Leipzig on 14 September.
• Summer signing Philippe Coutinho scored his first Bayern goal from the penalty spot against Köln, with Lewandowski finding the net twice. Coutinho was also on target at Paderborn.
• Lewandowski, whose goal against Crvena zvezda was his 200th competitive strike for Bayern, scored ten goals in the first six Bundesliga games to set a new competition record. He surpassed Jupp Heynckes, Gerd Müller, Peter Meyer and Lothar Emmerich, who all had nine goals at the same stage.
• The Polish striker, who has registered 12 goals in nine competitive Bayern games this season, is the first Bayern player to score in the first six league games of a season.
• On 29 August Lewandowski extended his contract at Bayern for two years until 2023.
• David Alaba sustained an adductor injury while warming up for the Leipzig match and has not featured since, although he was an unused substitute at Paderborn.
• Leon Goretzka, who is yet to play in the Bundesliga this season because of a thigh injury, suffered a setback in training with the German national team and missed the recent Netherlands and Northern Ireland games. He underwent surgery on 11 September.