Spurs handed Dele Alli injury boost in race for Champions League qualification

Tanya Simon
March 5, 2019

Spurs lead 3-0 from February's first leg at Wembley, but Pochettino is unhappy that the Bundesliga leaders have had more time to prepare for both games.

Three years later he moved further north to join Borussia Mönchengladbach where he excelled under the current Dortmund coach Favre and, in his final season with Die Fohlen, he was named Bundesliga Player of the Season and Footballer of the Year in Germany after scoring 18 goals in 32 appearances. In [other countries] it's more sensitive - the FAs help the clubs to compete in the best way in Europe. They cancelled their game at the weekend to help or provide Rennes to play against Arsenal.

Spurs have flown out to Germany ahead of tomorrow's second leg at the Westfalonstadion and Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference where he's confirmed a double fitness boost.

"It's going to be a tough game, so forget the first leg, be focused and try to beat Borussia Dortmund here again", said Pochettino.

"To run the same or maybe more than Dortmund, I think that's not fair and it's a problem that in the future is a thing we need to change if we want to help the English clubs be stronger in the competition". That is the most important, you have the same days to prepare for the game.

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"I believe that we're capable of achieving the impossible", he said.

"The 3-0 at Wembley is not important". They will start aggressively and we need to show the same aggression.

"Of course we are going to fight and give our best". We can not think about the first leg. "When we're looking back in a couple of months or so it could be a massive point gained".

Spurs last reached the Champions League's quarter-finals in 2011 - losing 4-0 at Real Madrid and beaten 1-0 at home - and Pochettino knows this is a golden chance for Spurs. Dele Alli (hamstring) remains unavailable but could be in contention to face Southampton on Saturday, while Kieran Trippier has been rested.

Harry Winks and Eric Dier have both travelled, however, and will be in the matchday squad, but the Argentine is doubtful whether either player will be fit to play from the start.

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