Mauricio Pochettino hits out over Tottenham’s ‘massive disadvantage’

Mauricio Pochettino hits out over Tottenham’s ‘massive disadvantage’

Mauricio Pochettino hits out over Tottenham’s ‘massive disadvantage’

Tottenham should have Harry Winks and Eric Dier back for the Champions League last-16 second leg at Borussia Dortmund.

But since then they have suffered defeats to Burnley and Chelsea, while they were held by Arsenal 1-1 at the weekend. "We played Saturday and the only way we can prepare is talking - and not talking too much because the players need to rest, need to recover after a very tough game".

After a 3-0 first leg loss, Dortmund will be desperate to start quickly, relying on the third- and fourth-leading scorers in the Bundesliga, Marco Reus and Paco Alcácer.

"They [Dier and Winks] are with the squad but we need to assess them this afternoon and tomorrow to see if they are in contention".

Other major leagues often do everything to help their representatives in Europe by rearranging their fixtures, so that they can get as much rest as possible, something the Premier League has always been criticised for not doing.

"We need to find a way to get it done", said England captain Kane, 25. It's impossible in this type of game, last 16, how important the game is, that one team had 24 hours more than the other to prepare.

For Spurs to be on the cusp of a Champions League quarter-final and, until recently, in the Premier League title race, means their players are heroes, according to Pochettino. Diego Tristan, Aldo Duscher, Walter Pandiani and Valeron had all led the club to a position whereby they were a Champions League regular.

Pochettino will not allow that big win at Wembley three weeks ago, where his side blew Dortmund away in the second half, to come into his thinking ahead of the return leg.

Mauricio Pochettino's men have only managed to gather one point from a possible nine in their last three encounters, and Redknapp believes this is due to the side missing some key figures like Dele Alli to injury, as well as the departures in recent years of Dembele and Walker.

"We need to start at a very good level, be aggressive, fight from the beginning, high tempo".

"We know it will be very hard but you never know", he said.

"Beating Dortmund would show we're growing in Europe and becoming a bigger team", he said.

The German side were 3-0 winners against Spurs at Westfalenstadion before Marco Reus netted twice in a 2-1 over the north London side at Wembley.

Spurs almost suffered a third successive defeat on Saturday in the north London derby, but Lloris saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's late penalty to maintain his side's four-point cushion ahead of Arsenal.

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