Spurs must prove they can mix it with Europe’s elite

 
Spurs are set to travel to European giants Borussia Dortmund in a game that potentially see the winners go all the and win the competition. This round of 16 tie is arguably the most exciting and will see two high-flyers (both in their respective leagues but also in Europe) come head to head. For Spurs this is the biggest European night since the ever famous Champions League run where they beat both Inter and AC Milan so it has everything to live up to. 
Both Spurs and Dortmund have been performing exceptionally well this season and have both landed themselves in second place In their respective leagues. Not only this, but many pundits are suggesting that the winners of this two-legged tie would then be favourites to go on and win the competition. 

This matchup is destined to be magnificent and both sets of fans will be sitting on the edge of their seats for the full ninety minutes. With Dortmund’s pace in attack and with Tottenham’s energetic style of play, fans around the globe can only sit and wait in excitement for tonight’s match.

  

Today’s fixture will tests Spurs’ mettle against the European elite

What the managers had to say

Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel both admitted that they are anticipating a tough game right from the outset . In his press conference , Tuchel said that “We’re expecting a fast-paced game and a very intense encounter “ but smilarly, Pochettino  said “We have a very tough game against Dortmund”.

Tuchel also recognised how big of a fixture tonight’s game actually is. He said “We are looking forward to this match because of the tradition both clubs have”.

Pochettino has revealed that there will be a significant number of changes within the squad and made this apparent by saying “sometimes you need to refresh the team and sometimes you need to rotate”. On the other hand, Tuchel admitted that “I did not come here to change the team” which implies that Dortmund will be going for it right from the outset.

  
Team news

For Spurs, Dele Alli is suspended while Danny Rose picked up a calf injury during the North London Derby. Both Clinton N’Jie and Jan Vertonghen are still out with knee injuries.

For Dortmund, they will be entering tonight’s game strongly with just one injury and that is Papastopoulous who is out with a groin problem.

  

Rose is out with a calf injury

Final word

Both sides will undoubtedly be wanting to extend their impressive European run with a win this evening. Spurs may find it hard playing with a squad that’s been rotated but they have shown that they are perfectly capable of adapting across all three competitions this season. Dortmund on the other hand will be heading into this tie with their strongest team; the Tottenham boys will have to be up for this if they want to see themselves coming home with a result from the first leg of this tie.

Let’s hope it’s a good one.

 

Written by Matt Boon

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