Spurs handed Dele Alli injury boost in race for Champions League qualification

Spurs handed Dele Alli injury boost in race for Champions League qualification

Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund have kicked off the second leg of their Round of 16 Champions League clash. Spurs were given an early kick-off time on Saturday but Bundesliga leaders Dortmund played on Friday.

"There is no, "Oh, we're Tottenham, we haven't won the league since God knows when". But this time he was really passionate, I felt as if I was literally going into war after the team talk that he gave. It is not the same to have 24 hours more or less to prepare for the game.

However Redknapp, who had nearly four years at the helm between October 2008 and June 2012, said: 'I don't think it works that way.

"We need help from the FA, we need help from the Premier League, and it's true they need to be more sensitive to this type of situation". Look what happened with Rennes in the Europa League. They cancelled their game at the weekend to help Rennes to play against Arsenal.

Other major leagues often do everything to help their representatives in Europe by rearranging their fixtures, so that they can get as much rest as possible, something the Premier League has always been criticised for not doing.

"[Our] players today are in the critical day for recovery, but that's not a thing to complain about".

"The thing for us now is, kind of like this [last] week, when the pressure's on and we need to step up, we need to find a way to get it done". Nonetheless, Pochettino is urging his players not to be complacent.

"We need to forget the first leg, we need to be focused and try to beat Dortmund again", Pochettino said. We can't think it's going to be easy. "When we're looking back in a couple of months or so it could be a massive point gained".

"They played Friday, we played Saturday", said Spurs coach Pochettino. "It's so important to be aggressive, to start the game in a very good level, with a high tempo".

Winks missed the north London derby with a hip injury while Dier has been laid low for a number of weeks with tonsillitis.

The ex-Spurs boss also discussed the impact of selling Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele, which has ultimately left Pochettino's squad lacking strength in depth.

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