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Dortmund game is like a final for Spurs - Pochettino

Dortmund game is like a final for Spurs - Pochettino”

Tottenham, who were also eliminated in the Champions League group stage last season, have been drawn in Group H, which also contains Real Madrid and APOEL Nicosia, and Pochettino said it was vital for his team to start with a win.

With minnows Apoel expected to struggle, second is likely to be between Spurs and Dortmund, and Pochettino is aware of the importance of Wednesday's match.

Spurs failed to progress into the knockout round last season having lost twice at Wembley, their temporary home ground. It will be tough, Dortmund are a great team, but in our mind our mentality is to win and be aggressive from the start. I'm expecting a good game. To start well in the competition and get three points will be key to the future. "That's the theory but football is not theory".

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The Colombian global is set to play alongside Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the back three that performed superbly during the 3-0 win at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Beaten at Wembley by Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions League final, Dortmund hope to make it another miserable night for Tottenham in their adopted home.

The Premier League has produced just two Champions League semi-finalists in the last five seasons, while Chelsea are the only side to have gone all the way in the past nine years.

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"That's England, that's the culture and we have to be clever to find a different way to be competitive".

"But we've got a fantastic squad so whoever comes in will be ready". I think we have to do better at home, and that's something we've got to learn from this year. "When you are here, the players want to fight to try to win it", Pochettino said.

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