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  • Ben PearceTottenham correspondent

Jan Vertonghen is set to begin at left-back once Tottenham face Borussia Dortmund at the Champions League on Wednesday following Mauricio Pochettino supported Danny Rose was not fit to start.

Rose suffered a shin wound at the conclusion of Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Leicester, being pulled at the 88th moment, and the team are assessing if he’ll even make the group.

“Tomorrow it’s impossible for him to start from the start,” Pochettino told a press conference. “Tomorrow we are going to evaluate whether he can be on the bench.”

Spurs’ additional left-back, Ben Davies, is outside after missing Tuesday’s training session. The Welshman, that coached on Tuesday by himself, isn’t yet prepared to go back and has missed the last four games with a groin problem.

As a result, Vertonghen is very likely to step into, because he did once Spurs beat Newcastle 1-0 earlier this month. The Belgium has \played in that role for his country.

Vertonghen, 31, will probably come up from 18-year old winger Jadon Sancho, that swapped Manchester City’s academy for Germany in the summer of 2017 and has contributed eight goals and also 11 assists for Dortmund in all competitions this season.

“I had been speaking with some of the guys with the national team and they are impressed,” Vertonghen stated. “He went there as a young player without too many expectations for this year but he has done very well, scored goals and tons of aids. I’m impressed with his development and it’s always exciting to see a young man do so well.”

Pochettino also stated he has been unsurprised with Sancho’s success at Dortmund and insisted Tottenham were aware of his talent before he moved overseas.

“I’m not too much impressed about him,” he explained. “We knew very well that he had been capable of doing what he’s doing today, with match time. We have seen the caliber he showed in his national team or at Manchester City.

“We were speaking in the last few years that he was a huge chance to be an excellent player. In Germany he’s showing Obviously that he can manage the pressure to play in the Bundesliga or in the Champions League, and it does not surprise me. His talent is there and he is a very talented player.”


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Jadon Sancho shared his development in Borussia Dortmund, how he’s maturing and the sway Marco Reus has had in his career.

Spurs are aiming to achieve the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time since 2011, was eliminated in the round 16 from Juventus previous year.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are still out of action, while Vincent Janssen has not yet been contained in Tottenham’s group for the Champions League knockout rounds. But Eric Dier is available again after fighting a virus, also Erik Lamela can also be prepared to confront to Bundesliga leaders after inducing the weekend match against Leicester with a spine problem.

Pochettino has voiced his displeasure in the fact that Spurs have experienced a day less than Dortmund to get ready for the game, having confronted Leicester on Sunday, but he expects his staff to be fired up and full of running.

“I believe that the key now is you will need to locate your energy on your own motivation,” explained the manager. “Obviously that additional cost is there, also that I think we’re likely to arrive in a really good condition. I believe that you can truly feel the power in the players’ opinion. We talked in the assembly and it is completely different.

“Should you ask me why, I don’t understand, because I am a person whose own motivation is obviously high, when we play against Dortmund or Barcelona or people play different games in various competitions. But obviously you are able to feel that it is the Champions League, which it is likely to become a huge game with, I hope, a stadium at Wembley. Of course the power and motivation will be present.”

Vertonghen added:”We could defeat anyone. We have demonstrated\. Over two games we have been the better team against Real Madrid, who were the ultimate winners of the trophy. That it was a shame we couldn’t do better last year, because we believed we ought to have done\. That is why everyone has the feeling we could do it this season.”


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