Tottenham Hotspur are in the round of 16 for the third year in a row in the Champions League, as they prepare to build on their superb run from last season.
Of course, Spurs made it all the way to the final after scraping their way out of the group stage back in the 2018/19 campaign.
In the round of 16, the Lilywhites were drawn against Borussia Dortmund who had topped their own group and were leading the German league at the time.
However, it was perhaps Tottenham’s easiest matchup of the competition as they beat Dortmund home and away 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.
Tottenham will have to face a table-topping team yet again this season, as they finish second in their group below Bayern Munich and above Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade.
This could leave Spurs with a tie against the likes of Barcelona, Juventus, or PSG, with Mourinho admitting that their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals have diminished slightly.
He said (Football London): “When I arrived, I focused on two matches. The first West Ham and the second Olympiacos. If you can qualify in that game and not be here now thinking you have to get a result to qualify. The fact that we’re second diminishes the possibilities a little bit in the last 16. We play away at a group winner, Barcelona, PSG, the best will be waiting for us. It will be difficult for us and it will be difficult for them. When you’re in the quarter-final, when everyone is in the same basket then everyone has the same chances.”
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