Tottenham will take on Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion later this evening knowing that if they manage to hold onto their lead, they will have a place booked in the last 8 of the Champions League.
The last time Spurs qualified for the quarter-final of the tournament was back in 2011 when they played Real Madrid after beating AC Milan 1-0 over two legs in the round of 16.
With Tottenham’s title hopes coming to an end last week as Spurs failed to win any of their last three Premier League games against Burnley, Chelsea and Arsenal, the Champions League represents Spurs’ only chance of landing some silverware this season.
However, given the quality of the teams still involved in the competition, it is likely to be an extremely hard ask for Pochettino’s men to lift Europe’s most prestigious trophy.
When asked if this is a great opportunity for the club to make history, the Argentine told Football.London, “It’s a great opportunity to play, of course to go to the next round, in a very important comp like the Champions League, but I think we all agree that first of all need to perform in our best way.”
However, he warned his players that they cannot take Dortmund lightly and need to put in a professional performance to progress to the next round.
He added, “Tomorrow is going to be tough game, very difficult. We need to forget the first leg, be focused and try to beat Dortmund here again. That must be our approach. We need to go to the pitch and not think only about the first leg, only to have a very good performance, a very professional performance and try to win the game.”
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