Mauricio Pochettino will lead his team out into the very first Champions League game at the new stadium tomorrow night, as they come up against Premier League title holders Man City.
Spurs haven’t been as far as the quarter finals in the competition since the 2011 days of Harry Redknapp, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, and Rafa Van Der Vaart.
The club have actually never progressed beyond the quarters either, having fallen to Real Madrid on their only previous effort.
Pochettino will be hoping to write history tomorrow night, and what better way to do it than winning the first leg in the new stadium.
Tottenham will then have to travel to the Etihad for the tricky away leg if they are to stand any hope of qualification.
Pochettino has revealed that the atmosphere around the stadium could play a big part, as his side will look to start with a high-tempo and aggression.
He said (Football London): “I think it’s going to be very tough. Man City are one of the best teams in Europe, not only England. We want to start the game tomorrow very aggressive, trying to dominate, being aggressive.
“That is a thing that we know very well, we’ve had time to prepare for the game. We were talking about different situations that can happen tomorrow from the beginning. We want to start tomorrow being tough, aggressive, with a high tempo – we’ll see if we can deliver that situation.
“Then we cannot guess, it’s going to be our second game at our new stadium, the first in the Champions League which is a completely different competition to the Premier League. Of course we hope and wish the atmosphere is going to be amazing and tough for our opponent and help us perform in the way that we want.”
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