Despite going into the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal clash against Man City tomorrow with a 1-0 goal advantage, Spurs are still not favourites to progress to the semifinals of the competition.
Man City have been one of the best teams in the world over the past couple of years, and have proved that they are capable of blowing teams away in a matter of minutes, especially at home.
Lillywhites are the next major hurdle standing in the way of Pep Guardiola’s side as they chase an unprecedented quadruple.
The Champions League is perhaps the one trophy that City will want to win more than any other as the club have never won it in their history and Guardiola hasn’t won it since his time with Barcelona.
So when asked if there was more pressure on Man City going into the game given the context, Pochettino said that he was not thinking about that and was focused on challenging City head on.
The Argentine insisted he expected his team to take the game to the hosts tomorrow.
Speaking during the pre-match press conference, Pochettino told Football.London, “I don’t want to talk about that (pressure on City) . The reality is the reality.
“We are going to be 11 against 11 on the pitch and of course to forget everything and to try and win the game and to challenge them. I am a person that never makes excuses after and never before.
“You describe a reality and the reality is there but tomorrow we are going to be on the pitch and try and win the game. What happens will happen.
“We are going to be more than proud of our run in the Champions League, arriving in the quarter-finals and challenge a team like Manchester City, but that doesn’t mean tomorrow we are not going to fight. We are going to fight and believe we can beat them.”
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