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How did Spurs fare in their Champions League return, what was the atmosphere like and which players impressed?

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Tottenham supporters walked out of Wembley Park tube stationto see the famous arch and the lampposts down Olympic Way adorned in club colours. The club cockerel also hung from the Wembley roof inside the stadium in an attempt to make the White Hart Lane regulars feel welcome.

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Spurs have taken the home dressing room for their Champions League campaign and that has been decked out with the slogan ‘To Dare Is To Do’ on the walls and the club crest imprinted on the lockers and physio benches. Unfortunately, Tottenham brought their abysmal re-mix of ‘Ready Or Not’ by the Fugees that was played shortly before ‘Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur’. The sea of white shirts in the Wembley stands underlined the fact that this was very much a home game for Spurs.

 

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Wembley can feel like a sterile place with the number of corporate fans in for cup finals and the day-trippers who are attracted for international games. But that was certainly not the case on Wednesday night, as Wembley was turned white by Tottenham who tried to make the national stadium as intimidating as possible. It will never be White Hart Lane, which was a special place on European nights, but Spurs fans proved that their Champions League home can be a noisy place.

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There was a huge cheer at the end of the Champions League anthem and ‘Come on you Spurs’ and ‘When the Spurs go marching in’ were loudly belted out. Even after seeing their side fall behind, the Tottenham fans continued to back their team and erupted when Toby Alderweireld opened the club’s Wembley account with a header on the stroke of half-time.

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