“We’re a match for anybody” – Tottenham midfielder discuses club’s European exploits

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham are huge favorites to progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League after thrashing Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley in the first leg.

Spurs will now travel to Dortmund knowing they if they get an away goal, their opponents will have to score 5 to go through.

One of the players who was pivotal to Tottenham’s win was midfielder Harry Winks. The England midfielder set the tempo in the game for most of the second half with his constant pressing and ability to retain the ball under pressure.

Speaking about the game, Winks told I-News, “It was the perfect first leg, as good as we could have hoped for really, we done really well. They are a top side, it was always going to be a toughie.”

The England midfielder stressed that Tottenham can’t afford to rest on their laurels and need to be able to play well in the return leg to go through. However, he added that Spurs aren’t scared of anybody as they feel they are a match for any team in the continent when they are at their best.

He added, “We’ve played against some of the world’s best and we’ve won, so we know when we’re on top of our game like we were [against Dortmund] we’re a match for anybody. Of course, it’s the Champions League, it’s tough, we’re playing against the best teams out there and it’s bound to be difficult. We can’t go into any game resting on our laurels.”

While the 23-year-old had a promising start to last season as well, his season was cut short after he damaged his ankle ligaments and eventually had to have surgery as a result. This also meant that the midfielder missed out on a spot in England’s World Cup squad.

However, it now looks like his injury troubles are behind him as he has featured in 23 games for the team so far this season. Speaking about his injury problems Winks said, “The last couple of seasons I’ve obviously had injuries, so it’s been difficult to play the full season.

“Staying on top of my fitness and making sure my ankle’s okay has been the key factor to playing so many games so far. I’m loving it, loving having as much game time as I’ve had.

“That was my goal at the beginning of the season: to play as much as I possibly could, to get as many games as I could, and so far things have gone great and fingers crossed it can stay that way.”

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