3 Key Battles That Could Decide Tottenham Champions League Clash With Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday

Tottenham Hotspur will aim to maintain a relatively good start to the Premier League with a win in their opening Champions League Group H fixture against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening.

Spurs could only manage two wins in the Champions League last season and subsequently finished third in their group, while Dortmund eased into the quarter-finals before losing to last year's dark horse Monaco.

With Spanish giants Real Madrid also in Group H, both sides will want a win to ensure qualification for the knockout stages.

3. Christian Eriksen vs Nuri Şahin

Dele Alli may be Spurs' poster boy, but his teammate Christian Eriksen has already provided three goals for Pochettino's side and hit the net once himself.

The Danish playmaker is often the architect of Spurs' attacks, and a key figure to provide aerial chances for target man Harry Kane, and so Dortmund central midfielder Nuri Şahin must prevent Eriksen from dictating the game if BVB are to win.

Nuri Şahin has bags of experience, but injuries have made recent appearances scarce, and so   Peter Bosz will hope his midfield anchor man will be at his best on Wednesday evening.

2. Davinson Sánchez vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

With Davinson Sánchez expected to sit in the middle of Spurs' back three, the 21-year-old will likely have do deal with Dortmund star Aubameyang on numerous occasions.

The Colombian has only made 60 league appearances in his professional career and so may struggle against a striker who has scored 126 times for Dortmund and was central to BVB's thrashing of the Premier League runners-up last time they met.

Aubameyang has the ability to terrorise even the best defenders in the world and so if he cannot be kept quiet by Spurs, then Dortmund will expect to hit the target on numerous occasions.

1. Harry Kane vs Sokratis Papastathopoulos

It was well documented that Tottenham striker Harry Kane struggled in the opening month of Spurs' season, and it was no suprise that the club were sitting 9th in the Premier League after three games as a result.

Pochettino's side clearly have enough quality to not have to rely on the England frontman, but how well Kane deals with Dortmund's experienced backline will go a long way in deciding the result of Wednesday's clash.

Dortmund's Sokratis and his teammate Omer Toprak have over 600 appearances between them and are both  strong in the air, which may become important as Kane is normally used as a target man by Spurs.

Both defenders are also quicker than your average centre-back, and so if they manage to keep Kane quiet then Spurs may be in trouble, considering that Real Madrid also feature in Group H.