Stat Attack: Red Star Belgrade vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham’s 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on matchday three was their biggest victory in major European competition since winning 6-1 against Anorthosis Famagusta in the Uefa Cup in September 2007.

Spurs’ last two Champions League matches have been by a five-goal margin, losing 7-2 to Bayern Munich before winning 5-0 against Red Star Belgrade. They are only the second team to have a 5+ goal defeat and victory in the group stage of a Champions League campaign, after Rosenborg in the 2000-01 season.

Harry Kane has scored 18 goals in just 22 Champions League appearances, including four goals in three games this season. In the history of the competition, the fewest number of games needed to reach 20 goals is 26, set by Alessandro del Piero in April 1998.

Spurs have both scored and conceded nine goals in the Champions League so far this season – in none of the previous 27 seasons had this ever occurred after three games.

Erik Lamela had a hand in three of Spurs’ five goals against Red Star Belgrade last time out (one goal, two assists); Lamela has been directly involved in eight goals in his eight Champions League starts for the club, scoring two and assisting with six, but is not in the squad for this game.

Red Star Belgrade have never lost a home match in the European Cup/Champions League against an English opponent (won two, drew two, lost none), winning 2-0 last season against Liverpool.

Including qualifiers, Red Star Belgrade have only lost two of their last 21 home matches in European competition (won 11, drew eight, lost two), although one of those was against English side Arsenal in an October 2017 meeting in the Europa League.

There have been a total of 104 attempts on goal in Red Star Belgrade’s opening three Champions League games this season (40 for and 64 faced) – Bayern Munich (102) are the only other side to see over 100 shots in their games in the competition this campaign.

Marko Marin created six chances in their 5-0 defeat against Spurs on matchday three – no player has created more in the Champions League this season (13, level with Toni Kroos).

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