Tottenham Hotspur will take on Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie this evening under the lights at Wembley. This is regarded to be one of the most closely contested ties of the round.
This is the third year in a row that Spurs have played against Dortmund in European competition and the results have been even. The German side beat Spurs home and away in the Europa League in the 16/17 season while Spurs beat Dortmund twice in the group stages of last year’s Champions League.
While Dortmund currently sit at the top of the Bundesliga table, Spurs find themselves in 3rd position in the Premier League trailing Liverpool and Manchester City by 5 points. Both teams, however, come into the game with several of their key players missing.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said he has done all he can to prepare his side for the fixture this evening and discussed his routine during the squad’s last training session ahead of Wednesday’s game.
When asked why he observed the training session from a distance, the Argentine told Football.London, “I was thinking. I was thinking, watching everything without me. I was working. It was all ready.
“We had a meeting before and I explained how Dortmund play. We were showing to the squad different things to improve and then at the end I gave them the starting XI. Everything is done, only it was a few things in the training.
“I was waiting until you were away to work with the team. That was the reality, and I wasn’t involved there and I wanted to watch from a distance what was going on there.”
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