Preview: Tottenham v CSKA Moscow

Tottenham head into their final Champions League Group E encounter knowing a draw or a win over CSKA Moscow will be enough secure their place in the Europa League.

The 2-1 loss to Monaco in November ended Spurs' chances of progressing to the knockout rounds of Europe's elite club competition.

Despite a number of injuries having already reduced the effectiveness of Mauricio Pochettino's squad, the Argentine coach insists that he wants to be involved in Europe's second-tier tournament rather focus all his team's attentions on the Premier League.

"After being out of the Champions League, [the Europa League is] important for different reasons," he said.

"First of all because we have the opportunity to play more games at Wembley, where next season we will play more games. It's a great opportunity to make Wembley our home.

"For the squad it's important to be involved in different competitions. We have a lot of young players who need the experience of playing in Europe.

"Now it's a good opportunity to show that we learn from our experience in the Champions League."

Pochettino is expected to field a weakened team against the Russian Premier League outfit at Wembley on Wednesday, although he may consider the ramifications of doing so, with the winner of the Europa League earning an automatic place in the next year's Champions League.



Centre-back Toby Alderweireld is close to a return after being sidelined with a knee injury, but Ben Davies (ankle), Erik Lamela (hip) and Vincent Janssen (ankle) all remain out.

The north Londoners come into this game on the back of a powerful 5-0 defeat of Swansea, having endured a difficult few weeks, which included defeat to Monaco as well as their first loss of the season, to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

CSKA, meanwhile, who are bottom of the four-team group with just three points, will surely arrive in London with their strongest possible line-up as they target a Europa League place.

While they have struggled in this season's European competition, they come into this tie unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions, and may well look to exact revenge on Spurs for beating them 1-0 at home in September.

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