- Tottenham begin Champions League campaign vs Monaco at Wembley
- Spurs want to do better than Arsenal managed at the national stadium
- Ben Davies has likened Tottenham’s challenge to Wales at Euro 2016
Laurie Whitwell for MailOnline
Tottenham Hotspur begin their Champions League campaign at Wembley on Wednesday determined to better Arsenal’s underwhelming record at the national stadium, according to Ben Davies.
Arsenal spent two seasons at Wembley away from Highbury before the turn of the millennium, but suffered three defeats in six games and failed to progress from the group stage on either occasion.
Spurs will move out of White Hart Lane to face Monaco in the start of their first participation in Europe’s elite competition since 2010-11 and are expected to draw a crowd of 85,000. Matches against CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen follow.
Tottenham defender Ben Davies is hoping his side fare better than Arsenal at Wembley
Tottenham head into their Champions League opener with Monaco on the back of a 4-0 victory over Stoke – with Harry Kane ending his goal drought
Davies said: ‘We hope we do better (than Arsenal). We have put our preparations in place, we will train there again before the first game. It will be a massive night. As players, these are the stages you dream of playing on.
‘I’ve only played there once before when I won the League Cup with Swansea. It’s a good venue and it’s great it is our Champions League base.
‘Hopefully a lot of Spurs fans will get to the games. I think we have nearly sold out all the tickets for it. If we have home advantage at Wembley with that amount of fans and the atmosphere that can create, then hopefully they will be special nights for us.
Dennis Bergkamp (left) and Patrick Vieira trudge after failing to get out of the group stages at Wembley
Tottenham haven’t played in the Champions League since the 2010/11 season
‘Obviously it is different at Wembley. The pitch feels a lot bigger than it does at White Hart Lane. I think it suits our game. We are a fit team, we like to pass the ball around and hopefully we can use that to our advantage.’
Davies gained a positive experience of tournament competition with Wales at Euro 2016 and believes Spurs can too enjoy an unexpectedly long stay. Ultimately, he is targeting a place in the Cardiff final.
‘It will be like us at the Euros. First and foremost, we will try to get out of the group,’ said Davies. ‘That’s our aim to start with. Then who knows? Anything can happen over two legs.
Davies has likened Spurs challenge to that of Wales at this year’s European Championship
‘It’s a pretty reasonable group. Out of the teams we could have drawn we have to be pleased. But we are not going to underestimate any of the teams we come up against.
‘The away trips will always be tough so we have to make our home form count against these teams.
‘It would be incredible if we can do something as special as reach the final. For Welsh football as a whole too, to get some of the world’s best players on our doorstep.’
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