The 0-0 scoreline between these two teams when they last met was deceptive - it required an acrobatic save from Hugo Lloris to deny Chicharito and Spurs were unlucky to hit the post. Tottenham enter this match on a bit of a slide - after winning five straight matches, Spurs came back from the international break and haven't won any of their last five. Luckily, while they wait for Harry Kane to return from injury, new signing Vincent Janssen has scored in two consecutive matches. Spurs will host the Bundesliga side at Wembley, just the grand stage needed for a decisive win and a return to form. Leverkusen likewise have had a tough time lately, losing three of their last five, with Chicharito not scoring in any of them. Despite the recent slumps, both of these squads are still very much in the hunt to win the group - certainly Wednesday's standout match.
Spurs return to the Champions League for the first time since 2010-11 after their third place finish in the EPL last season. For manager Mauricio Pochettino, it’s an opportunity to cement a new era for Spurs - one where they are seen as a consistent top four finisher, legitimate contender for the title and feared in Europe. As a part of their expanded ambitions, they brought in needed reinforcements through the Eredivisie top scorer Vincent Janssen and defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama. CSKA Moscow, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen don’t make for an easy group, but one the new Spurs should expect to get out of.
Bayer are a mainstay in the top four of the Bundesliga, but have not made a deep run into the Champions League since they were runners-up in 2002. While a return to those heights is too ambitious for this squad, they are still dangerous enough to be playing late into the spring. Led by a rejuvenated Chicharito, who scored five goals in six Champions League appearances last year, and backed by a defense who only allowed 40 goals in the Bundesliga last season, this is a squad with the ability to take down some giants.
Has been named Danish Footballer of the Year for three straight seasons. Known for pinpoint passing and long-range strikes.
Had a hot streak of 9 goals in 6 matches last season on his way to 28 goals across all competitions.
The former Manchester United striker's career was revived upon his arrival at Bayer, where he scored 26 goals in his first season.
A lethal free kick specialist, just watch the highlight video above.