Spurs' UCL clash with Dortmund will be like a final - Mauricio Pochettino

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur shakes hands with the officals after the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on September

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged his side to avoid repeating the mistakes of last term's failed Champions League campaign and make a winning start against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday (13 September).

Spurs are joined by Real Madrid and Cypriot side APOEL as well as Dortmund in Group H. In theory it should be Real Madrid first and the others trying for second, but football is not about theory. "If we can get through the group then there's no reason why we can't go quite far in the competition".

Manchester United's Europa League triumph last season was the first time in four years that an English side had lifted a European trophy, after Chelsea won the same competition in 2013, having conquered the Champions League the previous year.

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. The Premier League is the principal competition for every player that plays in the Premier League.

Dortmund have their own Wembley pain to soothe as they return to the stadium that played host to the most painful loss in their history.




They lost their opening game 12 months to eventual semi-finalists Monaco at home and Pochettino knows that a similar start will set a similar tone to their campaign this season.

"When you are here the players want to fight to try to win it, maybe because we are not in (mainland) Europe". Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too.

"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".

Spurs must improve at their temporary home, but will be without playmaker Dele Alli after his red card against Gent last season, with his suspension carrying over into his next European encounter.

Kane said: "Dortmund are a fantastic team".

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