Pocchetino: “Spurs Champions League clash with Dortmund will be like a final”

Pocchetino: “Spurs Champions League clash with Dortmund will be like a final” Pocchetino: “Spurs Champions League clash with Dortmund will be like a final”

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Spurs and Dortmund at Wembley could be the catalyst for the rest of the tournament. Spurs sit in Group E in the Champions League with the likes of APOEL, Borussia Dortmund and Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Discarding Apoel which is the weakest of the lot, Dortmund and Tottenham are likely to battle it out for a second place finish with Real Madrid the favourites to win the group.

Spurs had a tough campaign in the Champions League last season with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Monaco at Wembley. Pochettino believes that his side must go for all three points and be aggressive from the get go.

"Last season after the first game at home against Monaco, it was difficult to change the dynamic. Said Pochettino.

"I think it's so important to try to win the first game and get three points. It will be tough because Dortmund is a great, great team, but our mentality is to try to win and be aggressive from the first ball.

"I think tomorrow is such an important game. To start well in the competition and get three points will be key to the future.

"It's true that in theory Real Madrid first, then Dortmund, Tottenham and Apoel to compete to be second. That is in theory, but football is not theory. It is about trying to play and trying to win."

The Argentine manager also added that the Dortmund fixture "is like a final" and added: "It's a tough competition maybe the same or more than the Premier League.

"Last season was our first experience of the Champions League. Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too.

"We know very well what the competition demands from you, and we need to be ready to compete at a higher level."

Spurs will be without the services of Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama who still remain injured while Dele Alli misses out through suspension.



Author:  Kevin Ronith