Tottenham must make fast start in the Champions League, insists Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager celebrates his team's goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground

Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager celebrates his team's goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground

Tottenham, who were also eliminated in the Champions League group stage last season, have been drawn in Group H, which also contains Real Madrid and APOEL Nicosia, and Pochettino said it was vital for his team to start with a win.

Particularly with Dortmund's current injury issues, Pochettino should snatch at the chance to give Tottenham an early advantage at progressing to the knockout rounds. "In theory, it should be Real Madrid first and the others trying for second, but football is not about theory", the Argentinian added.

"That's England, that's the culture and we have to be clever to find a different way to be competitive". It will be tough, Dortmund are a great team, but in our mind our mentality is to win and be aggressive from the start.

Last season Tottenham finished third in their group after a slow start to make a swift exit into the Europa League, with Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen finishing above them as their Wembley troubles stunted any progression.

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They have also struggled to establish themselves in home league games at Wembley this season with a loss to Chelsea and draw against Burnley.

In Spain or Italy they prioritise the Champions League rather than the domestic league.

"When you are here, the Premier League is the main competition for every player", the Argentine told a news conference on Tuesday. "It was a very painful experience because we couldn't be at the level we needed to be, but now that's not an excuse".

Tottenham striker Harry Kane expects his team to hold their own against the Germans, even without star midfielder Alli. "When you are here, the players want to fight to try to win it", Pochettino said. It would be good if we could score there and, in an ideal-case scenario, get some points on the board.

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