Dortmund Game 'So Important', Says Pochettino

Fans arrive at the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and AS Monaco FC at Wembley Stadium

Mauricio Pochettino has described Tottenham's opening Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley tomorrow night, as "the most important game for us".

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

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.

After taking just one point from home games against Chelsea and Burnley, Spurs got back to winning ways - and must now take that into the Champions League.

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.

"It is about time, however, Spurs made Wembley a fortress and what better game to start a sequence of wins than against a very good Bundesliga outfit".

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"It's a tough competition with the amount of focus and energy you need, it's massive, maybe the same or more than the Premier League", he said.

Tottenham have struggled at Wembley in recent years even when they aren't playing European games. Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too.

Tottenham, who host Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday, faced the German side in the Europa League two seasons ago and were beaten 5-1 on aggregate in the last 16.

"I saw Spurs' win over Everton at the weekend and he was fantastic in midfield, creating chances and dictating play". "It will definitely give us confidence if we go out and get results against teams like Dortmund".

"It's going to be a huge challenge, but I see ourselves as being on the same level as Tottenham", said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

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