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

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"In theory, Real Madrid [will be] first and Dortmund, Tottenham and APOEL will compete for second", admitted manager Mauricio Pochettino, who described the match as "like a final" for Tottenham.

Pochettino's team will also be looking to overcome their poor start to their life at Wembley having won just once in five games since they adopted the national stadium at the beginning of last season's Champions League - where they gained their only victory so far.

Sahin has been in great form for Dortmund and is now the third best rated player in the Bundesliga according to Whoscored.

"I think tomorrow is such an important game". "But football is not theories. It is about trying to play and trying to win".

"In Italy, France and Spain, the Champions League is the most important competition, but in English culture, it is the Premier League". Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too. We need to show that we are competitive and we can go ahead and be in the next stage.

Striker Harry Kane echoed his manager's comments on the importance of the opening group game.

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"But we've got a fantastic squad so whoever comes in will be ready".

Mauricio Pochettino's side come into the game off the back of a strong win away at Everton.

"Remember me we had to reduce gap to the top four sides, now we're fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League".

Bartra, formerly of Barcelona, has started all three of Dortmund's league matches this season, helping them to the top of the table.

Pochettino, who hinted at a debut for deadline-day signing Serge Aurier, will be without the suspended Dele Alli, while Victor Wanyama, Erik Lamela, Danny Rose and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou are still injured.

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