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  • Ben PearceTottenham correspondent

Jan Vertonghen is set to start in left-back if Tottenham face Borussia Dortmund at the Champions League on Wednesday after Mauricio Pochettino supported Danny Rose wasn’t fit to begin.

Rose suffered a shin wound at the end of Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Leicester, being withdrawn at the 88th minute, and the club are assessing whether he’ll make the squad.

“Tomorrow it’s not possible for him to begin in the start,” Pochettino told a news conference. “Tomorrow we’re going to assess if he could be on the bench.”

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

As a consequence, Vertonghen is very likely to step into, since he did once Spurs beat Newcastle 1-0 earlier this month. The Belgium worldwide has played in that role because of his nation.

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

“I was speaking with a few of the guys with the national team and they’re impressed,” Vertonghen said. “He went there as a young player without too many expectations for this season but he has done very well, scored goals and a lot of assists. I am impressed with his evolution and it’s always exciting to see a young participant do this well.”

Pochettino also stated he’s been unsurprised by Sancho’s success at Dortmund and insisted Tottenham know his talent before he moved overseas.

“I’m not too much impressed ,” he explained. “We knew very well that he was able to do what he is doing now, with match time. We have seen the caliber he was showing in Manchester City or in his team\.

“We were speaking in the last few years that he was a gigantic possibility to be an excellent player. He’s showing \now in Germany he can manage the strain to play in the Champions League or at the Bundesliga, and it doesn’t surprise me. His gift is there and he is a really talented player.”


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

Spurs are planning to achieve the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time because 2011, was removed from the round of 16 from Juventus previous year.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are still out of actions, while Vincent Janssen has not been included in Tottenham’s squad for the Champions League knockout rounds. However Eric Dier can be found again after fighting off a virus, along with Erik Lamela can also be ready to face to Bundesliga leaders after missing the weekend game against Leicester having a spine problem.

Pochettino has voiced his displeasure at the fact that Spurs have had a day less than Dortmund to prepare for the match, having faced Leicester on Sunday, but he expects his staff to be fired up and full of running.

“I think the key now is you need to find your energy on your motivation,” said the supervisor. “Of course that additional cost is there, and I think we are likely to arrive in a really excellent shape. I believe that you can feel the power in the players’ eyes. We were talking in the meeting before and it’s entirely different.

“If you ask me why, I don’t know, because I am someone whose own purpose is obviously high, once we play Dortmund or Barcelona or people play against different games in different competitions. However, of course you may feel that it’s the Champions League, that it is going to be a game with, I hope, a complete stadium at Wembley. Obviously the power and motivation is going to be there.”

Vertonghen added:”We could defeat anyone. That year, we’ve shown\. Over two games we have been the better team against Real Madrid, who were the eventual winners of this trophy. That’s why it was a pity we could not do \because we believed we should have done\. That is why everyone has the impression we can do it this year”


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