By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Gary Lineker hailed a “great draw” for Tottenham as they avoided Europe’s big guns in the group stages of the Champions League.

Spurs are pitted against Russian club CSKA Moscow German outfit Bayer Leverkusen and in Group E of the pre-Christmas competition.

It means they have avoided some of the Continent’s elite teams from pots one and two, including the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Juventus.

Former Tottenham striker and Match of the Day host Lineker was in no doubt that Spurs have been given a great opportunity to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.

He took to Twitter to give his verdict on Thursday’s draw, which took place in Monaco.

Spurs are competing in the Champions League for the first time since 2010-11, when Harry Redknapp’s side reached the quarter-finals of the competition.

In other Tottenham news, the club tabled a bid on Thursday for a £35,000-a-week attacker and received an emphatic response.