Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Tottenham must make fast start in the Champions League, insists Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham must make fast start in the Champions League, insists Mauricio Pochettino

That poor form at the national stadium has continued this campaign, with Spurs taking one point from their opening two Premier League fixtures at their temporary home.

The Germans beat Spurs 3-0 at home and 2-1 away when the teams met in the group stages of the Europa League in 2015/16 as Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino rested many of his first-choice players for the Premier League. "It's so important to try to win the game".

Without Alli, Spurs are missing a player who scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, including in the Champions League against CSKA Moscow, and his absence will increase the burden on Kane, who broke his duck for the season with a double at Goodison Park on Saturday.

"I think teams are spending money and buying big players, big names, and we left it late in the transfer window to get the players we wanted", he said. Plenty has changed since with Tottenham transforming into the Premier League title contenders, whereas Dortmund seems to have lost the recognizable edge.

Given the importance of the match, the timing is not ideal for Spurs. The Germans have become a noticeable presence in Europe's elite club competition over the past couple of seasons and will be keen to make another strong introduction as they prepare for a trip to Wembley.

Erik Lamela (hip), Danny Rose (knee) and Victor Wanyama (knee) all remain sidelined, as does Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (foot) although the winger is close to returning to first-team training.

Spurs have won only two of their last nine Champions League games (D2 L5).

More bad news arrived yesterday when it was confirmed that captain Marcel Schmelzer suffered a partial tear to lateral collateral ankle ligament and that defender Marc Bartra will be unavailable through a leg problem.

Both sides drifted in the Champions League outright markets after being drawn alongside 4/1 favourites Real Madrid, going from 28/1 to 33/1 apiece, although the German outfit are slightly shorter odds at 4/6 to qualify.

"It's going to be an unbelievable atmosphere at Wembley". We've got to learn from last year's campaign.

"Now we've got a good, bulky squad".

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