Pochettino: Tottenham Aiming To Finish Top Of UCL Group


Borussia Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer will miss Wednesday's Champions League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley with torn ankle ligaments, the German club confirmed. In theory it should be Real Madrid first and the others trying for second, but football is not about theory. Dortmund are a great team but in our mind our mentality is to win and be aggressive from the start.

Pochettino's team will also be looking to overcome their poor start to their life at Wembley having won just once in five games since they adopted the national stadium at the beginning of last season's Champions League - where they gained their only victory so far.

"Last season was our first experience in the Champions League..."

"We've been waiting for the Champions League to start again to show everybody what we can do at this level".

"It's a tough competition with the amount of focus and energy you need, it's massive, maybe the same or more than the Premier League", he said.

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He added: "Of course the final we played here at Wembley is still a painful memory, but excitement is the overriding emotion". I think we have to do better at home, and that's something we've got to learn from this year.

Spurs must improve at their temporary home, but will be without playmaker Dele Alli after his red card against Gent last season, with his suspension carrying over into his next European encounter.

"But we've got a fantastic squad so whoever comes in will be ready". It would be good if we could score there and, in an ideal-case scenario, get some points on the board.

"With Wembley, we need to adapt our game", said boss Mauricio Pochettino. Bild quote Dortmund sporting manager Michael Zorc as saying: "Playing in Wembley is one of the absolute highlights of a career for every footballer".