Group E remains truly anyone's guess, with Monaco at the top separated by three points from CSKA Moscow at the bottom and Spurs and Leverkusen in-between. Neither squad got what they wanted from the weekend, with Spurs relying on a late winner from Deli Alli to draw at West Brom and Bayer losing 2-1 to Werder Bremen. That said, Tottenham remain the only unbeaten team in the EPL and have shown a resiliency uncharacteristic to the north London side. September's EPL player of the month, Son Heung-Min came off the bench late, so should be fresh to cause problems in his first return to his former side. Bayer did, however, manage a clean sheet against Dortmund earlier this season and with Kevin Kampl, Hakan Calhanoglu, and Chicharito all lining up in attack, this is one of Tuesday's must-watch matches.
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.
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.
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.
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.