Mauricio Pochettino reveals why he was disappointed by the Champions League draw

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur equalled their best ever run in the Champions League by defeating Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 this season.

Spurs beta the then German League leaders home and away to qualify for the quarter finals, as they bid to secure their first ever semi final in the competition.

The Lilywhites were one of eight teams in the pot for the quarters, with an impressive four coming from England.

The non-English sides were made up of Barcelona, Juventus, Porto, and Ajax.

That gave Tottenham a three in seven chance of drawing a team from their own league, with some fans believing this takes the magic out of the competition a little.

Coming up against a team you play every single season removes some of the excitement and uniqueness, but that didn’t stop Spurs being drawn against Man City.

Spurs are due to host the first leg at their brand new stadium, although Pochettino has revealed his disappointment at drawing an English side.

He said (Mundo Deportivo – as quoted by the Standard): “I would prefer to play against a team from outside the Premier League.

“The draw is what it is. City are a team that has the obligation to win, but not only since the arrival of Pep. With [Roberto] Mancini and [Manuel] Pellegrino also.

“We are going to compete with the incentive of launching our new stadium against them and playing with 62,000 people who are going to transmit a special energy.”

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