Spurs travel to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday for the second leg of their Champions League first knockout round match with a three-goal lead to protect. Mauricio Pochettino’s side recorded a brilliant win at Wembley in the first leg three weeks ago with goals from Heung-min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente giving them the advantage.
After losing against Burnley and Chelsea in successive Premier League matches, Spurs needed a response against rivals Arsenal on Saturday. A convincing performance was not there, but Spurs did manage to get a draw thanks to a Harry Kane penalty as well as a late penalty save from Hugo Lloris.
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For now, the top four race takes a back seat as Spurs turn their focus to progressing to the Champions League quarter-final by overcoming Dortmund on Tuesday. Spurs have not qualified for the last eight since 2011 and exited at this stage last season to an experienced Juventus side.
The victory at Wembley was only the fifth time that Spurs have won by three clear goals in the Champions League and Mauricio Pochettino’s team have also netted in each of their last seventeen Champions League games. Another good omen is that they have lost only one Champions League encounter by more than two clear goals, which was back in 2011 against Real Madrid.
After an impressive start to the season, Borussia Dortmund have slumped in form. They were knocked out of the cup, have allowed Bayern Munich back into the title race and lost to Spurs 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League knockout round match. They are still top of the Bundesliga, despite one win in their last seven, but the gap between them and Bayern no longer remains as they are separated by goal difference. This was because of a shock defeat in their last match to relegation candidates Augsburg.
To make it worse for manager Lucien Favre, Dortmund require a magical performance at the Signal Iduna Park to keep their Champions League dream alive. It was tipped to be a close encounter between the two but Dortmund’s second-half collapse at Wembley means that Spurs are favourites to progress. In that match, they conceded more goals than they did in their entire group stage campaign and have lost ten of their past thirteen fixtures in the Champions League knockout rounds.
Borussia Dortmund v Spurs Team News
Spurs Team News:
✅ Harry Winks and Eric Dier – both travelled to Dortmund with the squad
❌ Kieran Trippier – will miss the Dortmund match but should return at the weekend
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Spurs have been boosted by the news that Eric Dier and Harry Winks have travelled with the squad and are in contention to play a part at Signal Iduna Park. In other positive news, Dele Alli has begun to integrate with first-team training and could return to the Spurs side within the next week, although the Dortmund game will be too soon.
Kieran Trippier will miss out but is expected to come back into the side at the weekend as Pochettino is wary of burnout.
In terms of Dortmund, Marco Reus missed out in the first leg because of a thigh injury but played over an hour against Augsburg last time out for the hosts. Joint top goalscorer Paco Alcacer is also back fit after missing out at Wembley.
Christian Pulisic is back in training after injuring his thigh against Spurs last time out and has a chance of returning to the team. However, both Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek are not expected to be fit enough to warrant a place in the Dortmund squad.
Borussia Dortmund v Spurs Predicted Team
Mauricio Pochettino is likely to go with a three-man defence once again after starting with the system in Spurs’ last Champions League encounter.
Hugo Lloris will continue in goal whereas the wing back positions are likely to be rotated. Serge Aurier is a certainty to come in whereas either Ben Davies or Jan Vertonghen will start at left wing back. It is more likely that Vertonghen will start in the centre alongside Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez although if he does start out wide, then Juan Foyth can fill the position in the centre of defence.
With Harry Winks back after a knock, he is likely to come straight back into the starting eleven alongside Moussa Sissoko and Christian Eriksen in midfield. In front of them, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane will lead the line with Fernando Llorente, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura all providing attacking options from the bench.
What Mauricio Pochettino Said
“We need to play like always we play, trying to win the game, that is important. We cannot think about the first leg, it’s so important to be aggressive, to start the game in a very good level, fight from the beginning, high tempo, that is going to be the key.”
“We know very well that Dortmund is a great team, top of the Bundesliga because they deserve to be there, not because anybody gave them something. It’s going to be tough because they will start the game so aggressively and try to push us to defend deeper. We need to show the same aggressiveness play our way and sure we are going to be ready because we know that the 3-0 at Wembley is not important tomorrow. What’s important tomorrow is to play well and try to beat them again.” (Football.London)
Borussia Dortmund v Spurs Match Stats
- Spurs have won their last three matches against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
- Heung-min Son has scored nine in his last eleven matches versus Dortmund.
- Raphael Guerreiro has scored four of Borussia Dortmund’s last five Champions League goals.
- All seven teams that have won 3-0 at home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout game have progressed to the next round.
Borussia Dortmund v Spurs Referee
Dutch referee Danny Makkelie will be the official in charge at Signal Iduna Park. He was the referee when Dortmund beat Club Brugge 1-0 in the group stage earlier in the season and also officiated at Wembley in September when England lost 2-1 to Spain.
Borussia Dortmund v Spurs Prediction
It will be an intimidating atmosphere in front of 80,000 fans at the Signal Iduna Park but this is something that Mauricio Pochettino and his players have experienced before. Both sides are not in the greatest of form and this may play a part in the match however, we expect the first leg result to be enough for Spurs to progress to the next round.
Our prediction is Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Spurs.
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