Spurs return to the world’s most exclusive club competition tomorrow night, presumably hoping the that a change is as good as a rest.
Mauricio Pochettino’s boys have looked decidedly jaded in recent weeks, sustaining Premier League losses against Burnley Town and Chelsea, not to mention a worryingly dull showing in the 1-1 north London derby last Saturday afternoon.
That said, Poch does has a great record against his German hosts.
Tottenham have won their three previous encounters with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, twice in last season’s group stages (3-1 at Wembley, 2-1 at the Signal Iduna Park) and in this season’s round of 16 first leg (3-0 at Wembley).
Spurs secured their joint-biggest Champions League victory in the first leg against Borussia Dortmund, winning by a three-goal margin for the fifth time in the competition.
The potential to win is certainly there.
How victory might transpire might be contained in this Opta nugget: 11 of Tottenham’s 12 goals in the Champions League this season have come in the second-half (92%).
With the return of Harry Kane, spurs could just rally and deliver a Champions League grade performance. Another key player could well be Sonny.
Son Heung-min has scored nine goals in 11 games in all competitions against Borussia Dortmund, more than he has against any other side in his senior club career.
Prediction? Spurs to win by a single goal – scored late in the game!