Premier League focus behind European struggles, says Pochettino

Premier League focus behind European struggles, says Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur will kick-off their Champions League group stage campaign when they entertain Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday night.

"It's true that in theory Real Madrid are first, then Dortmund, Tottenham and APOEL compete to be second".

Sahin has been in great form for Dortmund and is now the third best rated player in the Bundesliga according to Whoscored.

Tottenham's struggles at Wembley have been well-documented; defeats to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen dumped them out of the Champions League past year, whilst they could only muster a 2-2 draw with Gent to crash out of the Europa League.

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Tottenham's biggest problem in last season's Champions League - and at Wembley in general - has been a failure to convert their chances, as Pochettino admitted again on Tuesday.

"That's what we've got to try and do - take the positive energy that Wembley's going to produce tomorrow and use it to our advantage". Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too.

With such a poor record at Wembley, people have been left to speculate as to how they will perform this season, with Joey Barton writing off Spurs' Champions League campaign before it has even begun. I don't think football-wise or tactical-wise there will be many changes, I think it is about mentally being where we are now.

"It was a very painful experience because we could not be at the level we should have been, but today it's not an excuse".

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Pochettino hinted he could hand a debut to right-back Serge Aurier, a recent signing from Paris Saint-Germain, but Dele Alli is suspended after a red card in the Europa League last season.

Nuri Sahin was part of the Dortmund team beaten by Bayern, but he is similarly looking forward to the game at Wembley.

He said: "Last year we got off to a bad start, which didn't help us".

"With Wembley, we need to adapt our game", said boss Mauricio Pochettino. It would be good if we could score there and, in an ideal-case scenario, get some points on the board.

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