The first Champions League game to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is less than three weeks away as Spurs host Manchester City on 9th April.
Spurs will face Pep Guardiola’s side three times in the space of eleven days in April as they also have their Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium to come. The first leg of the Champions League quarter-final will also be the first European meeting between the two sides.
With the excitement of the new stadium opening as well as the prospect of a Champions League semi-final, the occasion will surely be one to remember.
Spurs and Manchester City Champions League 2018/19
It is the first time since 2011 that Spurs have reached the quarter-final of the Champions League, which makes the match at the new stadium even more special. The impressive 4-0 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund showed just how good Mauricio Pochettino’s side can be, particularly with their mature performance in the away leg.
They will be up against one of the favourites for the competition at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and both players and manager will know that they’re in for a real test. City struggled to get past Schalke in the round of 16 first leg tie but simply blew them away in the second leg, recording a 7-0 win over their hapless opponents.
Despite the excellent form, Pep Guardiola will know that his side has lost their last four games against English sides in European competitions. At the same stage last season, City lost both legs to eventual finalists Liverpool and Spurs will be hoping to take advantage of their ordinary record against domestic teams in European competitions in less than three weeks.
We’ve had a look back at three memorable Spurs home fixtures in European competitions over the years. The atmosphere at every match was incredible but will surely be topped when Spurs play Manchester City in the first Champions League fixture at the new stadium.
Spurs 3-1 Real Madrid – Champions League Group Stage – 1st November 2017
Dele Alli and Spurs enjoyed that goal at Wembley.
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Just last season Spurs produced a sublime performance at Wembley to beat reigning champions Real Madrid 3-1 in the Champions League group stage.
Dele Alli scored either side of half-time to put Spurs two ahead. The first was bundled in from Kieran Trippier’s cross and he made it two for Spurs with a deflected effort off Sergio Ramos.
Christian Eriksen then put the game out of reach for Real Madrid with a well taken third goal but there was still time for Cristiano Ronaldo to get on the scoresheet.
It had been an up and down season for Alli up until the clash with Real Madrid but he showed his quality with a dominant performance and end product that was too much for arguably the best team in the world. The whole Spurs team also demonstrated a great intensity throughout, which has come to be a defining feature of Mauricio Pochettino’s sides.
The win secured Spurs’ qualification to the first knockout round and was even more impressive given that the visitors would go on to win the competition later that season.
Spurs 3-1 Inter Milan – Champions League Group Stage – 2nd November 2010
Gareth Bale announced himself to the world with a brilliant hat-trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro in the reverse fixture. But he arguably had a better game at White Hart Lane as he simply blew away Inter Milan’s highly regarded right-back Maicon.
Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring for Spurs, continuing his run of scoring in every home game he had played for the club whereas Peter Crouch missed a guilt-edge chance after brilliant work from Bale soon after.
He would make up for it later in the half though as Bale again burst past Maicon to provide Crouch with a simple finish.
Samuel Eto’o grabbed a goal for Inter in the last ten minutes to set up a tense finale but it mattered little with Bale again on hand to assist Roman Pavlyuchenko a minute before the end. The Welshman once again left a number of Inter Milan defenders for dead with his blistering pace and gave the Russian striker an easy chance to seal the points for Spurs.
Spurs 1-1 Anderlecht – 1984 UEFA Cup Final Second Leg – 23rd May 1984
Almost 35 years ago Spurs won the UEFA Cup at White Hart Lane after beating Belgian side Anderlecht on penalties. Goalkeeper Tony Parks was the hero as his save from Arnor Gudjohnsen’s penalty secured victory for Spurs after the tie had finished 2-2 on aggregate.
Anderlecht were on course to retain the trophy that they had won the year before when Alex Czerniatynski scored fifteen minutes into the second half after a goalless first period. However, a late equaliser from Spurs captain Graham Roberts meant that the game went into extra time.
The two sides could not be separated in those thirty minutes and the match went down to penalties in front of an attendance of 46,258 at White Hart Lane.
Roberts, Mark Falco, Gary Stevens and Steve Archibald all converted for Spurs and an early miss from Morten Olsen gave Danny Thomas the chance to win it. However, he could not dispatch his penalty, allowing Tony Parks to take centre stage and win the trophy for Spurs with his penalty save at the end.
It capped off an impressive UEFA Cup campaign for Spurs, which was started off with a 14-0 aggregate win over Irish side Drogheda United. They then went on to beat Feyenoord, Bayern Munich, Austria Wien and Hajduk Split before winning the trophy in Keith Burkinshaw’s last match in charge of the club.
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