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Young Boys Vs Tottenham: Champions League Qualifier Highlights, Preview and Team News

180 minutes from the Champions League proper can the White Hart Lane men overcome the Young Boys?

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LIMERICK, IRELAND - JULY 06: Harry Redknapp, Tottenham FC manager, in action during the second round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 6, 2010 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Tottenham begin their maiden Champions League campaign with a qualifying round first leg test on a plastic pitch in Switzerland on Tuesday night.
Opponents Young Boys are currently seventh in their league after five matches but have already eliminated Fenerbahce from this year’s tournament.
Spurs captain Ledley King’s knee will not be risked and midfielder Jermaine Jenas (calf) has also not travelled.
David Bentley, Jamie O’Hara and Jonathan Woodgate are all still out.
Young Boys defender Christoph Spycher, the former Swiss international, is relishing the chance to face Spurs.
“For every player in Switzerland, it’s really a great challenge to play against an English team, to play in an English stadium where always the atmosphere is really special,” the 32-year-old said.
“We have some problems in the championship,” Spycher said.
“We had some changes. It’s not so easy to find the team because we lost also important players.
“But I think we showed against Fenerbahce that we can really make excellent games.” (BBC Sport)

It is probably impossible to overstate the importance of this game for Harry Redknapp and his north London side. All of the club’s good work last season will be for nought if they can not find there way past their Swiss opposition in this qualifier and it promises to be a testing exercise for Tottenham as they look to book their place in the group stages of the competition.

The Spurs boss will have been pleased with the overall performance against Man City on Saturday although in truth his side lost their way a little in the second half and whilst Joe Hart did pull off a number of great stops Redknapp will have hoped that his side could have put away at least one of their 13 shots on target.

The first task will be to come away with something from Berne and an away goal will be a massive bonus and the Premier League side should theoretically be able to ease past a Young Boys side who have not started too brightly in their domestic title chase, securing just one win from their first five games.

Potential danger men for the White Hart Lane side to watch out for include David Degen, a talented attacker, the twin brother of Liverpool man Philipp and free scoring midfielder Moreno Costanzo.

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