Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham is fully ready to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday. Mauricio Pochettino was initially frustrated that Tottenham had to play their Premier League match against Leicester on Sunday, while Dortmund were in action 24 hours earlier against Hoffenheim.
Mauricio Pochettino claim over the weekend was that the extra day of rest giving to the Bundesliga leaders may put his team at disadvantage in the first leg at Wembley.
More reasons why Pochettino was frustrated was that Dortmund have benefited from a refreshing break and would be ready to go, while Tottenham have cases of injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli following the draining Christmas and New Year activities.
Mauricio Pochettino knows continues complaint could give his team enough reason to underperform and claim their boss will understand, so he thought otherwise.
“I’ve described before, or in the last few days, that it was a little bit unfair (the schedule),” Pochettino told reporters on Tuesday. But that is not an excuse (not) to arrive tomorrow in our best condition and fight to try to win. I think you can feel in the eyes of the players the energy.”
Though Tottenham beat Dortmund twice in the Champions League group stage last season but it’s obvious the same will not be the case this time, they should be ready for a more formidable opponents. Dortmund has a vibrant squad like young England forward Jadon Sancho.
Mauricio Pochettino is very much aware of the threat the Germans pose as he leads Tottenham into the quarter-finals for the first time in his five-year reign.
Even without Kane and Alli, they have reeled off four successive wins which keeps them in the Premier League and Pochettino expects his side to rise to the occasion in the same never-say-die style they displayed in the group stage this term.
It was the late goals against PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan and Barcelona that kept Tottenham in the last 16.
“We were talking in the meeting before and it’s completely different (in big games), If you ask me why, I don’t know, because I’m a person whose own motivation is always high, when we play against Dortmund or Barcelona or we play against different (teams) in different competitions. But of course you can feel that it’s the Champions League, that it’s going to be a massive game with, I hope, a full stadium at Wembley and of course the energy and motivation is going to be there.” Pochettino said.