Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs finished runners-up in Group B to Barcelona, with their reward being a knockout test against Bundesliga leaders Dortmund. Lucien Favre’s BVB have blended youth and experience to sit five points clear at the top of the German league, and will test every ounce of Tottenham’s reserves of strength.
Spurs have kept their Premier League title hopes alive with a string of late wins – an impressive feat considering the absence of key duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli – but Dortmund will be a different proposition under the Wembley floodlights.
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Tottenham continue to succeed against the odds. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are well placed in the Premier League and through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, all without spending a penny on transfers in more than a year.
The manager believes the progress of the club in Europe is a “bonus”, having previously indicated that his chief target in the short-term is to establish Spurs as a fixture in the top four domestically. “Champions League for a third year in a row is a bonus,” he said, clearly aware of the limitations of his squad in terms of numbers. “How we are competing in the Premier League and Champions League, to be in the last 16 is a bonus.
“The other day I saw that from the beginning of December that we’re the best team in the Premier League and that speaks very highly of the squad. They are giving their best and I am so proud to be in front of this group of players.”
The run is all the more remarkable given that they have had to cope without star players Harry Kane and Dele Alli, and yet even that has not stopped them from piecing together a four-match winning run in the league since the England striker injured his ankle against the Red Devils.
While that has not hurt Spurs domestically, it may count against them more severely at the top level, with team-mate Lucas Moura having talked up the prolific striker. “I would say he is in the top three strikers in the world,” he told Goal. “He has so much quality, it’s impressive because of his age, he’s still young. He scores a lot, has technique, a lot of power, a good sense of positioning… He’s a complete forward and a great striker.”
With Kane and Alli absent, perhaps the most eye-catching Englishman on display at Wembley will be in the golden strip of the visitors, with 18-year-old Jadon Sancho having exploded with the Bundesliga leaders over the course of the last year. While the former Manchester City youth is being talked up in his homeland, however, in Germany they are trying to keep him in touch with reality.
“I feel a bit of responsibility for keeping him on the ground because I know, now we are here in England, you are world famous for hyping your own players,” team-mate Thomas Delaney admitted. “He’ll make great things but it takes hard work, it’s taking everything seriously and trusting the process because he’s very young.”
Sancho almost didn’t travel after forgetting his passport for the outbound flight but back on home soil, he will aim to make a big impression as BVB seek to get back to winning ways after successive Bundesliga draws.