Spurs versus Borussia Dortmund: (match preview)
Date: Wednesday 13 September kick off: 19:45
Venue: Wembley stadium
Live: BT Sport 3
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Previous meetings: 2-1 Dortmund, Dortmund 3-0.
Tottenham’s stunning 3-0 victory over Everton on Saturday was exactly the kind of result and performance that could kick start Mauricio Pochettino’s sides season, at such a crucial early stage. On Wednesday night Spurs kick off their UEFA champions league campaign at home to German giants Borussia Dortmund at our interim home, Wembley stadium. A stadium for which has seen Spurs lose two of their previous three champions league games since last season. Our group contains the best team in the world and current holders of the competition Real Madrid, as well as Dortmund and Cypriot side APOEl Nicosia. This means Spurs must get off to a win when these two teams go head to head on Wednesday night, this will see the lilywhites under pressure to perform ahead of Wednesday’s glamour tie, incredibly tough away trips in the group will also prove difficult for Pochettino’s side. Hence the importance for our players to put their Wembley woes behind them with victory over the Bundesliga club. Spurs’ dominant and impressive free flowing victory over the toffees at the weekend will surely be a confidence booster. Die Borussen who drew their Bundesliga game away to Freiburg over the weekend, are renowned for their footballing pedigree and technical ability. A fact which Spurs fans know all too well following our previous schooling from the German club in the Europa league a couple of seasons back.
Peter Bosz’s side are still one of the strongest sides in Europe despite the many key outgoings that have occurred over the past few seasons. The former European cup winners boast an array of quality attacking talent, who with their speed and skill could tear us apart on the large Wembley pitch. Despite all their superb attacking players like winger Christian Pulisic and striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, I’m quietly optimistic about Wednesday’s game. We have the better defence and are arguably the better structured of the two sides, and if we can contain Bosz’s side and produce a similar performance to the one that we saw on Saturday, then we have every chance of securing maximum points. Whilst Dortmund are without injured players such as Marco Reus and Marc Bartra for the Spurs game, they still have some of the finest players in European football. A plethora of attacking talent is at the oppositions disposal, lighting fast striker Aubameyang, as well as the potent Pulisic down the flank are enough to give Pochettino nightmares going into this game. Whilst, they also have creative maestro and World Cup winner Mario Gotze in their midfield. It may sound absurd, but our lads have every chance of winning this extremely difficult group, when the team click we can beat any side on the planet, I’m just hoping that we can do that tomorrow for what proves to be a mouth watering game. COYS
My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris(C), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Aurier, Dier, Dembele, Davies, Son, Eriksen, Kane.
My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Eriksen and Kane.
One to watch: Dortmunds prolific and pacy striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is one of the finest and most respected forwards in the game. The Gabon international scored an excellent goal against us the last time we met.