Tottenham Hotspur vs. Borussia Dortmund - build-up!

Vincent De Villiers
Setembro 15, 2017

"Last season was our first experience of the Champions League - previously we play Europa League, for 98, 99 per cent of the players, and for myself too", Pochettino said.

"It's true that in theory Real Madrid are first, then Dortmund, Tottenham and APOEL compete to be second".

Tottenham, having used Wembley as their home ground in European matches last season, are now using the ground as a home ground for all games whilst work is done on their new stadium.

But former Tottenham boss Francis has suggested that facing a much stronger group this time around could actually be beneficial for Pochettino's men.

While Spurs go into the game on the back of a 3-0 win over Everton, Dortmund's last outing saw them frustrated in a goalless draw against ten-man Freiburg. "I want us to be fearless, play football, and attempt to play our kind of game here at Wembley too".

"When you think we were still in the fourth division five years ago, then the Champions League is another promotion", Rangnick said, before adding that a similar feat "most likely won't happen again in the next 50 years".

It's also a key match for Tottenham because they need to silence all talk of any sort of Wembley hoodoo. Dele Alli will be missing for the hosts as he continues to serve his three-match ban in Europe.

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Tottenham Hotspur have been drawn into an incredibly hard Champions League group with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.

"The experience of last season is important", said the Argentinian. Dortmund are a great team but in our mind our mentality is to win and be aggressive from the start.

Topping the Bundesliga with seven points from three games, Die Borussen seem to be coping with Ousmane Dembele's departure to Barcelona fairly well.

"That's what we've got to try and do - take the positive energy that Wembley's going to produce tomorrow and use it to our advantage". He was disappointed to be sent off in the Europa League and he can only learn from it.

"But we've got a fantastic squad so whoever comes in will be ready". We know the group will be hard and we'll have to play extremely well, but in the past teams have found it hard here.

Pochettino feels Spurs must take up the challenge of rising to the level of Europe's top clubs after finishing second in the Premier League last season and third in 2015-16.

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