Spurs face Dortmund ready to start positive run
PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 March 2019 | UPDATED: 08:40 05 March 2019
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After halting back-to-back defeats on Saturday, Tottenham will now look to send out a statement in Germany on Tuesday
Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham Hotspur to build on their 1-1 draw at home to rivals Arsenal when they take on Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the Champions League round of 16.
After losing away to Burnley and Chelsea, Spurs just about halted their losing streak in the north London derby on Saturday.
Harry Kane’s penalty 16 minutes from time cancelled out Aaron Ramsey’s opener and Hugo Lloris denied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the spot in stoppage-time.
It means the N17 outfit should visit Dortmund with more positivity and confident they can reach the quarter-finals after winning the first leg 3-0.
Pochettino said: “It was tough because to concede after 15 minutes was tough for us.
“But of course I am so happy with the character, the personality and the way that in the end we played.
“It wasn’t, I repeat, great our performance, but it was very good to draw and then maybe to deserve to win.
“After two defeats it was important to start to build again a positive run. We have a very difficult game on Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund and to arrive in a better condition than we arrived for Arsenal is going to be key.”
In Germany, Spurs will look to halt another run – a four-match sequence of losing on the road.
Since the late 2-1 victory at Fulham on January 20, Tottenham have suffered defeats at Chelsea (twice), Crystal Palace and Burnley in various competitions.
The Lilywhites can afford to lose to Lucien Favre’s team at the Westfalenstadion too, as long as they don’t let the hosts overturn a three-goal deficit.
Yet from a momentum point of view, the north Londoners will hope they can claim a positive result against the Black and Yellows.
Last season they visited Dortmund in the group stage and came from behind to win 2-1 after second-half goals from Kane and Heung-min Son.
Son starred in the most recent meeting at Wembley Stadium on February 13 when Pochettino’s men produced another stunning display after the restart to triumph.
It means Tottenham have won three in a row against the Germans, but they will have to be at their best to try and make it four on Tuesday.
A positive omen for Spurs is while their own form has been inconsistent of late, the hosts have been even worst and they have only secured one victory in their last seven games in all competitions with the pressure affecting both sides.
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