Dortmund game is like a final for Spurs - Pochettino
Sep 13, 2017, 00:33
Pochettino's men start their European campaign with a home match at Wembley, against Dortmund.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that the recent struggles of English sides in Europe is down to a lack of winter break. "In theory, it should be Real Madrid first and the others trying for second, but football is not about theory", the Argentinian added. "We need to feel that Wembley can be home". Dortmund are a great team but in our mind our mentality is to win and be aggressive from the start.
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"It's a tough competition with the amount of focus and energy you need, it's massive, maybe the same or more than the Premier League", he said. Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too. "It was a very painful experience because we couldn't be at the level we needed to be, but now that's not an excuse".
Nuri Sahin was part of the Dortmund team beaten by Bayern, but he is similarly looking forward to the game at Wembley. "But fortunately we have a fantastic squad and I'm sure whoever comes in will be ready to compete on the big stage", Kane said. "When you are here, the players want to fight to try to win it", Pochettino said. "It will definitely give us confidence if we go out and get results against teams like Dortmund". Remember - we had to reduce gap to the top-four sides, now we're fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League.
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