Tottenham paying for summer transfer window in the Champions League - Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham paying for summer transfer window in the Champions League - Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham will be looking to keep their Champions League hopes alive when they welcome Inter Milan to Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Lillywhites have only faced the Nerazzurri five times in Europe, losing three meetings and winning twice. Icardi, the captain and darling of the Curva Nord, was risked for only the last 13 minutes and all three players should be bounding down the tunnel tonight munching on raw meat.

Content to defend deep for long periods, Inter's safety-first game-plan was nearly undone when Harry Winks curled a superb effort against the bar from 25 yards.

'We started off quiet rocky in the group stage this season with a couple of poor results, ' Winks conceded.

Another man who will not be included in the line up is Juan Foyth.

With Spurs in the midst of a congested fixture list, the return of defender Jan Vertonghen after missing the last 10 games is timely.

Lamela may have needed a big European display to convince manager Mauricio Pochettino he has to start against Arsenal and he certainly didn't deliver that, as he lacked the final ball and also picked up a booking for a unsafe tackle.

"We know it is more than a game for both clubs and for both [sets of] fans", Lloris told Sky Sports. For different reasons we need to find solutions before the start of the season. Of course now that is the problem and it's so painful to have players out of the list.

He was not included in the Champions League squad due to Uefa rules that only allow 17 non-locally trained players, Spurs have 20.

Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his players can use their emphatic 3-1 victory over London rivals Chelsea on Sunday to spur them on against Nerazzurri.

Chelsea come up against a familiar face as they look to bounce back from their loss to Spurs with former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri now in charge of opponents Fulham. Before the global break, they were thumped 4-1 on the road against Atalanta.

Tottenham must still beat Barcelona on December 11 at the Camp Nou to make sure of advancing to the knockout phase.

And this latest act of European escapology means second placed Tottenham are now level on points with third placed Inter.

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