2011 vs 2018: Tottenham's Champions League teams compared

12th Feb 2018

Tottenham are gearing up for their first appearance in the Champions League knock-out stages since 2011.

The mood around Mauricio Pochettino's camp is good ahead of their trip to Turin, having put Arsenal to the sword at the weekend.

The current crop of stars from north London will be looking to make their mark as they attempt to rid themselves of the 'Spursy' tag once and for all by competing with the big boys.

But with they be able to eclipse the achievements of Harry Redknapp's former charges? 

Spurs swaggered into the quarter-finals seven years ago but, ultimately, came unstuck against Real Madrid. Yet the players who were part of that campaign are still - deservedly - looked upon fondly by the club's supporters.

So, with Pochettino's men finally back in the business end of the big time, can they hold a candle to the class of 2011? The AskFans team has taken a trip down memory lane to compare the two teams....

Heurelho Gomes - Hugo Lloris

The Brazilian had his (good) moments, and is still doing a decent job for Watford, but he does not belong in the same class as Lloris. The Frenchman leads by example between the sticks and certainly doesn't drop many clangers.

Vedran Corluka - Kieran Trippier

Oh, how the demands on a Spurs right back have changed. The powerful Croatian was not to be messed with - despite Mathieu Flamini's best efforts. Trippier may not boast such stature but there's only one man you'd choose to put a decent delivery into the box.

William Gallas - Jan Vertonghen

Super Jan has been capably holding down the fort during Toby Alderweireld's injury absence - and he looks set to continue to do just that as the Belgian has been left at home. Could a sulk be on the cards? You can bet your bottom dollar there would be if Gallas was in the same situation.

Michael Dawson - Davinson Sanchez

Dawson was more middle of the road than top of the class, but he wore his heart on his sleev and fought for every ball. The same can be said of Sanchez, who looks to be a real prospect. A rash streak occasionally lets him down but pace that Dawson could only dream of can often get him out of trouble.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto - Ben Davies

Assou-Ekotto, who famously admitted he does not actually like football, was an eccentric player. You never quite knew what you were going to get, with his performances seemingly linked to whether he could be bothered to put the effort in. Davies is the opposite; expect nothing less than 100%.

Tom Huddlestone - Eric Dier

Two absolute fridges. The current Derby man's range of passing remains superb and he spent eight years at Spurs before falling down the pecking order. Such longevity was a commendable feat, but Dier just might stick around for even longer if he fulfills his potential.

Aaron Lennon - Heung min-Son

Blessed with devastating pace, few defenders relished a battle with Lennon during his peak years. Accusations of a lack of end product follow him around to this day but similar criticism has not stuck to Son. He's enjoying a fine season and has proven himself to be a game changer when it matters.

Rafael Van der Vaart - Dele Alli

The Dutchman oozed class during his spell at White Hart Lane. He was often the architect; a role that Alli has grown into alongside Kane. The England international has the potential to better his predecessor's achievements in the game - but only further hard work will put an end to the 'diver demons'.

Luka Modric - Mousa Dembele

The Croatian was the jewel in Tottenham's crown before being prised away by Real Madrid for a fee that looks like an absolute steal by today's standards. Although slight of frame, Modric moves the ball in a unique fashion, gliding across the turf. Dembele does too and he finally appears to have put recent fitness issues behind him. If Pochettino's men are to control proceedings in Turin, Dembele will need to be at his best.

Gareth Bale - Christian Eriksen

Bale announced himself to the world during Tottenham's run to the last eight in 2011, coupling explosive power with devastating speed. His electric form earned him a move to the Bernabeu, where he remains an integral figure. Eriksen's strengths are somewhat different but his technique has been plucked straight out of the top drawer.

Roman Pavlyuchenko - Harry Kane

Peter Crouch managed to get himself a straight red in his side's first-leg defeat to Madrid - and was subsequently ruled out of the second - gifting his Russian colleague an opportunity to lead the line. But Pavlyuchenko could do little to turn the tide. Meanwhile, Kane has seized every chance that has come his way in his short career and will be fired up to prove - yet again - that he is at home at the very highest level. 

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