Spurs going for victory at Dortmund, says Pochettino

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Published on March 4, 2019 - Duration: 01:15s

Spurs going for victory at Dortmund, says Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur must be positive in their second leg last 16 match against Borussia Dortmund despite leading 3-0, according to their coach Mauricio Pochettino

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Spurs going for victory at Dortmund, says Pochettino

SHOWS: DORTMUND, GERMANY (MARCH 4, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

TOTTENHAM PLAYERS TRAINING / PAN OVER PITCH 2.

HEUNG-MIN SON AND BEN DAVIES 3.

PLAYERS RUNNING PAST 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "I think we need to play, like always we play, trying to win the game.

That is the most important.

We cannot think in the first leg.

We need to forget that.

It is so important to start the game in a very good level.

We must be aggressive, we must fight from the very beginning.

High tempo - I think that is going to be the key.

Of course we know very well that Dortmund is a very good team.

They are at the top of the Bundesliga and because they deserve to be there and not because no one gave nothing.

And of course it is true that it is going to be tough because for sure they are going to start the game so aggressive and trying to push us to defend deeper but we need to show the same aggression and try to play in our way and I think we are going to be ready." STORY: Tottenham Hotspur must forget their commanding 3-0 Champions League last 16 first-leg advantage over Borussia Dortmund and must play to beat the Germans again on Tuesday, coach Mauricio Pochettino has said.

Spurs took their chances to build a big lead at Wembley last month but both sides have since struggled for form, with the Londoners having lost twice and drawn in the Premier League, while Bundesliga leaders Dortmund have drawn, won and lost.

Despite their first-leg advantage, Pochettino warned against complacency and said he wanted his team to play for another win, although they have had one day less to prepare than the Germans.

Spurs must wait to see if Eric Dier, who has not played since early February due to tonsillitis, and fellow England midfielder Harry Winks, recovering from a hip injury, will be fit to play after the pair travelled with the squad.

Pochettino also expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that Dortmund had an extra 24 hours to rest for the game after their 2-1 defeat at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday.

Spurs, who are third in the Premier League, were in action on Saturday when they drew 1-1 at home to Arsenal.

Dortmund still have the best attack in the German Bundesliga but in recent weeks they have struggled to score while also conceding goals through individual errors.

Their seven-point gap a few weeks ago has now shrunk to just a slim goal difference ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich while their lacklustre first-leg performance against Tottenham has also raised alarm bells.

(Production: Hakan Erdem, Frank Simon, Tanya Wood)

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