Having lost their opening group stage game against Monaco in front of a record crowd of 85,000 at Wembley Stadium, Spurs travel to Russia to face CSKA Moscow in their second game, desperate to get some points on the board. We give you the lowdown on Spurs’ latest Champions League opponents.
CSKA Moscow Factfile
The Russian club have been involved in the group stages of the competition six times since 2004, progressing through to the knockout stages on two occasions. English clubs have visited CSKA Moscow four times in the Champions League, with each of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City visiting once. Arsenal are the only team to lose in Moscow, losing 1-0 in 2006. The new Arena CSKA holds 30,000 people and by no means an easy place to visit as Spurs prepare to face Leonid Slutsky’s side. The Champions League match-up will be only the third competitive game played in the new stadium.
How They Made It Into The Champions League
CSKA Moscow were drawn out of Pot 1 in the Champions League group stage, and made their way into that pot by winning the Russian league last season, their third domestic title in just four seasons, meaning that they didn’t have to participate in any qualifying rounds to get to this stage.
Spurs’ Champions League opponents on Tuesday night are currently unbeaten in the Russian Premier League having played eight games of the 2016/17 league season. With five wins and three draws, the Russian side sit second in the league with 18 points. Moscow last played on Saturday, but they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to FC Krasnodar. They will be a tough side to break down for sure, letting in just three goals over the course of this league season. The Russian side drew their opening group game 2-2 with Bayer Leverkusen, recovering from being two goals down early on.
Scoring ten goals in the league this season, CSKA Moscow have no real standout player, with their top scorers being midfielder Roman Eremenko, bagging three goals this season, and the forward Lacina Traore, also scoring three goals. The striker will most likely lead the line for Moscow on Tuesday night, and having scored in the league at the weekend, the forward will be ready to give the Spurs defence a torrid time. So I am going to go for him at Moscow’s key man.