By James Kinsella

Tottenham Hotspur have started the season very well and will be happy with their Premier League position and performance in last week’s EFL Cup win over Gillingham.

The only blot on their early season form is a Champions League home reverse against Monaco in the competition’s first round of fixtures.

Mauricio Pochettino was particularly unhappy after defeat to the French outfit as he felt his side made too many mistakes defensively and were not clinical enough in attack.

“I think we created chances but we weren’t clinical enough,” the Argentine told the club’s official website following the defeat.

“We need look at ourselves and be more critical because it was our mistakes how we conceded the goals. It was easy for Monaco to score.”

The Monaco defeat was Tottenham’s fifth consecutive loss at Wembley and so they may need to secure some points away from home in this group to progress to the next stage.

Spurs have recently reaffirmed the services of their best young talent with Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Christian Eriksen and Kyle Walker all signing contract extensions with the club.

They will have to do without the services of Rose and Dier though who, along with Mousa Dembele, are out with hamstring injuries.

They are joined in the treatment room by Moussa Sissoko (concussion) and Harry Kane (ankle) but Son Heung-min looks like to keep his place following an impressive start to the season.

Spurs have only scored once in their last four Champions League games whilst CSKA Moscow have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 23 games in the competition.

The Russians have also conceded in each of their last eight meetings against English opposition so Spurs will be trying to keep that run going.

They will have to do it in a hostile atmosphere in the first clash between English and Russian opposition since the fans clashed so violently during 2016 – fans that are travelling have been warned not to wear their team colours.

Spurs will have a fully fit CSKA Moscow squad to deal with as well as the Russians’ unusual artificial playing surface.

This will certainly be a tricky tie but Spurs will fancy their chances and should have the resources to get a positive result.

CSKA Moscow possible starting XI (4-2-3-1): Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Berezutski, Ignashevich, Shchennikov; Wernbloom, Golovin; Milanov, Eremenko, Tosic; Traore.

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama, Alli; Son, Eriksen, Lamela; Janssen.


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