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Poch makes Dortmund pledge

5th March 2019, 00:58 by Michael Holland

Mauricio Pochettino says his side will not sit back and defend when they take on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League tonight.

Tottenham blew the German side away in the last-16, first-leg clash at Wembley when running out 3-0 winners, and tonight's clash should be a formality.

However, Pochettino will not allow the first leg to come into the thinking ahead of the return match and the Argentinian is demanding that his side go on the front foot against Lucien Favre's side.

"We need to play like always we play, trying to win, that is important," he said. "We need to forget the first leg, it's important to be aggressive, fight from the beginning, high tempo, that is going to be the key.

"We know Borussia Dortmund is a great team, top of the Bundesliga because they deserve to be there. It's going to be tough. They will start game aggressive and try to push us deeper.

"We need to show the same aggressiveness, play our way. Winning 3-0 at Wembley is not important tomorrow."

Spurs have a 3-0 first-leg lead in a European tie for the first time since 2013 when they ended up needing an extra-time goal from Emmanuel Adebayor to scrape through the second leg against Inter Milan.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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