Poch feeling confident about facing Dortmund


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Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have the wherewithal to overcome Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Spurs welcome the Bundesliga leaders to Wembley on Wednesday evening for their last-16 firs- leg tie and Pochettino feels recent form is in their favour.

Tottenham are bidding to reach the last eight for the first time since 2011. “I really believe we can win every game we play but we know this competition is so tough.

We are facing a team top of the German table. With all respect to the team we’re playing we always believe we can beat anyone,” said the Argentine.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are amongst those missing for the home side, though Jan Verthongen has been declared fit to face Dortmund along with Eric Dier and Erik Lamela.

Pochettino cites the league form of his squad since the group stage ended in December as a reason to be optimistic.

“The other day I saw that from the beginning of December we’re the best team in the Premier League and that speaks very highly of the squad. They are giving their best and I am so proud to be in front of this group of players,” he added.

Tottenham and Dortmund are facing each other for the third time in the last four seasons in European competition. Their head-to-head record is balanced, with two wins each in that sequence.

Dortmund have failed to win any of their three domestic games so far in February, while Spurs have put a January blip behind them with three successive wins over the last fortnight.

Tottenham are 2.15 to win at Wembley, with Dortmund 3.25 and the draw 3.50.

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