Former Dortmund and Spurs star shares where Poch’s side can hurt their opponents

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 later this evening at Wembley.

The game has been considered by many experts and pundits as one of the ties of the round, with both teams currently having great seasons.

While Dortmund sit on top of the Bundesliga table, Tottenham are currently in the third position in the Premier League, 5 points behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

Spurs cult hero Steffan Freund who has also featured for Dortmund 117 times in his career has offered his take on where the game is likely to be won and lost.

Freund insisted that this Dortmund side are much better than the one Spurs beat home and away in the Champions League group stages last season and that the Lillywhites have to on top of their game to beat their opponents.

However, the former German international also suggested that Spurs could hurt BVB going forward since the Bundesliga outfit are without their two best centre halves.

Speaking to the Spurs’ official website, Freund said: “The biggest problem for Borussia Dortmund at the moment is the defence. Normally it would be Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou, both physically strong, clever, good one against one and they have improved a lot in the last six months.

“Now it looks like neither are available with Julian Weigl, normally a central midfielder and Abdou Diallo, who was left-back at Mainz last season, playing in central defence (Weigl is also now injured).

“In the last game against Hoffenheim they were 3-0 up but conceded three goals in the last 15 minutes. They completely lost their organisation, and that’s unusual for Borussia Dortmund. That shows they are not so well organised without the two regular centre-halves. Trust me, if they do that against Spurs, they will lose the game.”

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