• Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be up against the club he left last summer. The France No1 joined Lyon from OGC Nice in 2008, winning the French Cup in his final season before heading to White Hart Lane.
• Lyon’s Steed Malbranque spent two seasons at Tottenham (2006–08) between spells at Fulham FC and Sunderland AFC.
• Spurs defender Younes Kaboul and striker Jermain Defoe played alongside Arnold Mvuemba for some of the Lyon midfielder’s stay at Portsmouth FC (2007–09).
• The clubs also have a notable old boy in common in striker Frédéric Kanouté: now 35, he started his career with Lyon (1997–2000) and spent two years at Spurs (2003–05) but enjoyed his best European years at Sevilla FC, where he won back-to-back UEFA Cups in 2005/06 and 2006/07.
• Spurs won the inaugural UEFA Cup in 1971/72 and reclaimed the trophy in 1983/84, and could become the fourth side to win this competition for a third time, along with Juventus, FC Internazionale Milano and Liverpool FC.
• Of the sides in the round of 32, Lyon, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Viktoria Plzeň are the quickest off the blocks after the break this season, with four of their goals coming within 15 minutes of the restart.
• Lyon right-back Loïc Abenzoar turns 24 on the day of the game. He has yet to play in a UEFA club game.
• Tottenham manager André Villas-Boas received his first break in coaching as a teenager from then Porto boss Sir Bobby Robson, and later assisted José Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea FC and FC Internazionale Milano, before striking out alone at A. Académica de Coimbra and then leading Porto to a domestic double and the UEFA Cup in 2010/11. A move to Chelsea that summer proved to be ill-fated, but he took charge at Spurs in July 2012.
• Rémi Garde replaced Claude Puel as Lyon boss in June 2011, having worked behind the scenes as a coach and assistant manager since 2003, and also as a television pundit after hanging up his boots. Capped six times by France, Garde played as a defender for Lyon and then RC Strasbourg, finishing his career in England at Arsenal.
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