Tottenham v Internazionale facts

Tottenham welcome Internazionale for a crucial Group B game with the Italian side holding a three-point advantage.

Matías Vecino after scoring Internazionale's late winner against Tottenham
Matías Vecino after scoring Internazionale's late winner against Tottenham ©Getty Images

There is all to play for as Tottenham take on Internazionale at Wembley with qualification from Group B on the line.

• The Italian side – who engineered a late turnaround against Spurs on matchday one, recovering from Christian Eriksen's 53rd-minute opener to snatch a 2-1 win thanks to late goals from Mauro Icardi (86) and Matías Vecino (90+2) – have seven points, three more than Spurs.

• Inter will therefore be through with a draw; Tottenham must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish.

Highlights: Internazionale 2-1 Tottenham
Highlights: Internazionale 2-1 Tottenham

Previous meetings
• Matchday one continued the pattern of dramatic encounters between the sides. In two pulsating meetings in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage, Inter withstood a superb fightback from ten-man Tottenham to win 4-3 in the first game at San Siro, despite Bale's hat-trick. Spurs turned the tables in north London, running out 3-1 winners as both sides progressed to the last 16.

• There were also plenty of goals when the sides renewed acquaintance in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 16, Spurs winning the home first leg 3-0 – Jan Vertonghen scoring the final goal – but Inter levelling the tie on aggregate back in Italy to force extra time. Emmanuel Adebayor's 96th-minute strike proved enough for Tottenham to progress on away goals despite a 4-1 defeat on the night.

Form guide
• Spurs followed their opening defeat at Inter with a 4-2 loss at home to Barça on matchday two, their heaviest home defeat in the UEFA Champions League and joint heaviest in Europe. A 2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven extended their winless European run to five fixtures, before the Dutch side were beaten 2-1 at Wembley last time out.

• Mauricio Pochettino's side won all three home games in last season's group stage, against Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and APOEL. Before beating Dortmund on matchday one they had won just one of their previous five European home fixtures.

• Third in last season's Premier League, Tottenham are in the group stage for the fourth time – and the third season in a row.

Five great Tottenham goals
Five great Tottenham goals

• Spurs got to the round of 16 in 2017/18, losing to Inter's domestic rivals Juventus. Tottenham drew the away first leg 2-2 – having been 2-0 down – but went out after a 2-1 reverse at Wembley. They have won only one of their last eight fixtures against Italian sides (D3 L4).

• Tottenham's most successful UEFA Champions League campaign came in 2010/11, when they reached the quarter-finals. That featured their only victory in Italy – a 1-0 success at Inter's city rivals AC Milan in the round of 16 first leg.

• The London club have lost only one of their eight fixtures at home to Italian clubs (W4 D3) – last season's defeat against Juventus.

• Having scored two late goals to beat Tottenham on matchday one, Inter again came from behind in defeating PSV by the same scoreline in the Netherlands in their second fixture. They were defeated 2-0 at Barcelona on matchday three before a 1-1 draw against the same opponents last time out.

• Fourth in Serie A in 2017/18, Inter are the last Italian team to win the UEFA Champions League, in 2010 – their third European Cup triumph, and first in 45 years.

• This is the 12th time Inter have been in the group stage – but the first since 2011/12.

Five of Internazionale's best European goals
Five of Internazionale's best European goals

• Inter have progressed from their group in their last eight UEFA Champions League campaigns.

• Inter did not take part in UEFA competition in 2017/18; their most recent European campaign came the previous season, when they failed to progress from their UEFA Europa League group.

• The win at PSV ended Inter's run of five successive away European defeats, and was their first victory in nine away matches (D3 L5).

• The Nerazzurri have lost on five of their last six visits to England (W1), where their record overall is W4 D1 L10.

Links and trivia
• Croatia's Ivan Perišić scored past Hugo Lloris in this summer's FIFA World Cup final, France eventually winning 4-2. Šime Vrsaljko and Marcelo Brozović also featured for Croatia.

• Perišić cancelled out Kieran Trippier's opener as Croatia, with Vrsaljko and Brozović again playing, beat an England side featuring Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Dele Alli after extra time in the World Cup semi-finals.

• Christian Eriksen missed his spot kick as Denmark lost to a Croatia side including Perišić, Vrsaljko and Brozović on penalties in the World Cup round of 16.

• Have played in Italy:
Fernando Llorente (Juventus 2013–15)
Erik Lamela (Roma 2011–13)

#UCL matchday four skillszone
#UCL matchday four skillszone

• Llorente won two Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia during his two seasons at Juve.

• Have played in England:
Andrea Ranocchia (Hull 2017)
Borja Valero (West Brom 2008/09)
Daniele Padelli (Liverpool 2007)

• Ranocchia's final appearance for Hull was a 7-1 loss at home to Tottenham in May 2017, Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick.   

• Have played together:
Lucas Moura & Miranda (São Paulo 2010/11)
Toby Alderweireld & Miranda (Atlético Madrid 2013/14)
Fernando Llorente & Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus 2013–15)

• International team-mates:
Lucas Moura & Miranda (Brazil)
Michel Vorm & Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands)

Latest news

• Spurs have won their last five games in all competitions, and seven of their last nine (D1 L1). They beat London rivals Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday, Harry Kane making it five goals in his last six Tottenham games.

• Juan Foyth's first Premier League goal, on his second appearance, secured a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on 10 November.

• Mauricio Pochettino's side have managed just five clean sheets in 19 matches in all competitions this season.

• Kane scored the decisive goal as England beat Croatia 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League on 18 November to qualify for next year's Finals. Eric Dier and substitute Dele Alli also featured for the home side.

• Serge Aurier provided an assist as the Ivory Coast drew 1-1 with Guinea, also on 18 November, to book their place in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

• Foyth made his international debut as Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 in a 17 November friendly; Erik Lamela came on as a substitute to win his first cap since September 2016.

• Paulo Gazzaniga made his first appearance for Argentina as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Mexico on 20 November.

• Toby Alderweireld played 90 minutes as Belgium let slip a two-goal lead to lose 5-2 in Switzerland on 19 November and miss out on the UEFA Nations League finals.

• Mousa Dembélé is not expected to play again this year after suffering an ankle injury seven minutes into the 3-2 win at Wolves on 3 November.

• Jan Vertonghen sustained a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win at Huddersfield on 29 September and returned to full training last week. He was an unused substitute against Chelsea.

• Davinson Sánchez has not played since suffering a hamstring injury on matchday four.

• Kieran Trippier had to be replaced at Palace with a groin injury; Danny Rose has been out since 6 October with a groin strain.

• Inter's seven-match winning streak in Serie A was ended by a 4-1 defeat at Atalanta on 11 November, only their second loss in 12 matches in all competitions (W9 D1).

• The Nerazzurri bounced back with a 3-0 home win against Frosinone on Saturday.

• Mauro Icardi had scored in five successive league appearances, a total of seven goals, before failing to find the net as a late substitute on Saturday. He has ten goals in 11 games in all competitions.

• Ten of Inter's 25 league goals this season have come in the final 15 minutes.

• Icardi scored his first international goal for Argentina in the 2-0 friendly victory against Mexico on 20 November.

• The same day, Matteo Politano also opened his international scoring account with an added-time winner as Italy beat the United States 1-0.

• Kwadwo Asamoah missed Ghana's internationals with a knee injury but played 90 minutes for Inter on Saturday.

• Šime Vrsaljko limped off after 26 minutes of Croatia's UEFA Nations League defeat away to England on 18 November.