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Spurs will be without several key players as they bid to end a run of two consecutive defeats

The Champions League gets under way on Tuesday evening with Tottenham heading to Italy to take on Inter.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs go into the game on the back of two consecutive Premier League defeats and will be without four key men for the Group B opener.

Icardi and Kane will go head-to-head

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will miss out with a thigh injury and Dele Alli with a hamstring strain, while defenders Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld have not travelled to Italy despite being fit.

Inter will be playing their first Champions League game since 2012 and Spurs fans will not forget the last time these two sides were drawn in the same group.

Bale’s performance against Inter was memorable

Bale’s performance against Inter was memorable

Their double-header with the Italian giants in 2010 saw Gareth Bale announce himself as a star of European football.

The winger hit a stunning hat-trick against Inter at the San Siro before turning in another brilliant performance in the return fixture to give Spurs a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane.

Where can I listen?

Inter Milan vs Tottenham will be live on talkSPORT at 5.55pm on Tuesday.

talkSPORT will be live at the San Siro

talkSPORT will be live at the San Siro

What the managers are saying

Luciano Spalletti (Inter): “We’ve seen Tottenham’s last games. They’re a very strong team, as are Inter.

“To me, Harry Kane seems to be in excellent shape and he’s a very important player for how they play. He’s very good at laying the ball off and always picking out his teammates in the right way.”

Pochettino delivered some surprising team news

Pochettino delivered some surprising team news

Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): “We are not realistic contenders in any single competition, that is my view.

“If we show the same face as against Watford, it’s impossible to be a contender. If we show the face (we showed against) Liverpool, it will be so difficult.

“If we show some of what we did against Manchester United then maybe yes. I explained after Old Trafford it was difficult to keep the feet on the grass and believe that the job was done.”

Team news

Trippier and Alderweireld have been left out for ‘technical reasons’

Trippier and Alderweireld have been left out for ‘technical reasons’

As well as being without Lloris, Alli, Trippier and Alderweireld – Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is also out with a hamstring injury.

Inter will give a late assessment to defender Danilo D’Ambrosio, but Sime Vrsaljko is out with a knee injury.



Predicted line-ups

Inter XI: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Skriniar, Dalbert; Brozovic, Gagliardini; Perisic, Nainggolan, Candreva; Icardi

Tottenham XI: Vorm; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Moura, Eriksen, Son; Kane.

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