Spurs played Leicester on the Sunday before the Wednesday of their first leg, with Dortmund playing 24 hours earlier. Look, Dortmund played on Friday, for us impossible.
"We played a derby against Arsenal and you know what it means to play a derby, not only in the physical condition and the energy that you spend, but mental too".
"I don't understand again, to arrive not in the same situation both clubs going to compete for a massive and important competition like the Champions League. The most important thing is to get through on Tuesday and, bit by bit, if you beat the big teams it gives you a bit more belief". I think it is massive.
They are here because we need one day more to assess if they can take part. They cancelled their game at the weekend to help or provide Rennes to play against Arsenal.
The Spurs manager believes it is time the FA and the Premier League did more to help teams in Europe in terms of the scheduling.
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Ajax are a decent side, they like to attack and it's nice to see them back in the upper echelons of European football. They often play the same way at home and away from home.
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He is expected to speak on Wednesday before the House of Commons Justice Committee, which is looking into the matter. Today Wilson-Raybould returned the support. "It doesn't help anyone to be in denial", she said then.
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It would be a huge boost for Spurs if Dier and Winks were available for selection as Pochettino was forced to rely on just Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko in midfield against Arsenal so he'd have two more valuable options in the middle of the park if they pass their late fitness tests.
"We've played there a few times in the last few years, they have a fantastic crowd, we have a 3-0 lead and everyone expects us to go through but we've still got to go there, do the job, work hard and make sure we go through to the quarter-finals". Nonetheless, Pochettino is urging his players not to be complacent.
"It is a problem that we need to change if we want to help the English clubs be stronger in the competition". "When we're looking back in a couple of months or so it could be a massive point gained".
"That is the turning point that we need to try to achieve". It's so important to be aggressive, to start the game in a very good level, to fight from the beginning with a high tempo - that's going to be the key.
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.