Bayern Munich expecting to be without key first team player for trip to Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham did not get the winning start they were looking for in their new Champions League campaign and had to settle for a point against Olympiacos.

While a draw away from home in Athens is by no means a terrible result, given the fact that Spurs were leading the game 2-0, it does feel like two points lost.

Tottenham will welcome Bayern Munich to North London for match day two with the German giants having comfortably beaten Red Star Belgrade 3-0 in their opening match.

The two fixtures against Bayern are always going to be Spurs’ biggest test in the group and the Bundesliga outfit will come to London looking to maintain their 100% start.

However, Bayern head coach, Niko Kovac has confirmed that the side will travel to London without left back David Alaba, who suffered a thigh injury while warming up ahead of Bayern’s game against RB Leipzig last weekend.

Kovac told AS ahead of Bayern’s match against Red Star: “David will be out for two, maximum three weeks. Obviously, David is a really important player for us.

“Unfortunately he’s going to be out for a couple of weeks but Lucas Hernandez won the World Cup in that position. He has a different interpretation of how to play at left-back than David does but he does a very good job.

“Alphonso [Davies] can play in that position, that’s actually why we fielded him against Leipzig. He didn’t play as a left-back but we fielded him so that he could work together with Lucas. Tomorrow is a Champions League game, it might be a bit different.”

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While Alaba is a fantastic player and his absence is certainly a boost for Spurs, Bayern have more than capable replacements in the position. The draw against Olympiakos has put some pressure on Spurs ahead of this game as a defeat against Bayern will leave them in a difficult position in the group. It is a game that Tottenham cannot afford to lose.

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