No Kane? No problem. Spurs have a perfect record since losing their star striker to injury. Heung-Min Son has picked up the burden, scoring four times in the EPL so far, equaling his total tally from last season. That includes both of Tottenham's goals on Saturday as he danced through Middlesborough defenders on the way to a 2-1 win. New signing Vincent Janssen is likely to again start in Kane's place, having scored his first goal for the club midweek against Gillingham in the EFL Cup. CSKA meanwhile, were knocked out of the Russian Cup midweek and drew 1-1 in the league over the weekend. Lacina Traore will be their focal point against Spurs. The 6' 8" striker was on loan at Everton in 2014, but only made two appearances. They've held both Manchester clubs to draws in Moscow over the past two seasons, so while Spurs will be favorites, it's unlikely to be simple.
Last season, CSKA brought the Russian Premier League back to Moscow, making it their third title in four years. They managed to do so on the back of only 51 goals, 11 of which came from their leading scorer, Ahmed Musa, who is now at Leicester City. In the Champions League, they finished bottom in a group that included Manchester United, Wolfsburg, and PSV Eindhoven, scoring five goals across six matches. While goals may be scarce, they’ll be solid defensively with Russia’s most-capped player Sergei Ignashevich, in central defense and Igor Akinfeev in goal.
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 most-capped Russian player in history with 120+ appearances.
The former Dynamo Kyiv captain scored 3 goals in the first 5 Russian Premier League matches this season.
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.