Bayer Leverkusen manager makes claim about Tottenham tactics ahead of clash
By Dominic Toner
Roger Schmidt believes that Tottenham’s intensity will suit Bayer Leverkusen.
Spurs face an away tie against the German outfit on Tuesday in the Champions League group stages.
Mauricio Pochettino has marked his style on the north London club since his arrival from Southampton and they are now recognised as one of the hardest working teams in the Premier League.
Leverkusen manager Schmidt feels that his team can cope with Spurs’ style of play and believes they can dictate the game.
“We’re happy when the game is intense,” Schmidt said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “Even against teams that are supposedly better than us, like Bayer Munich or Barcelona last season in the Champions League.
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“We try and make them play our football – that’s what we demand of our opponents, and if it works we normally win the game.”
Spurs face a crucial double header with Leverkusen in their next European matches and will want to tighten their grip on a qualification spot.
Group leaders Monaco face CSKA Moscow in the other match and a place for the knockout rounds are still up for grabs.
Spurs have been dealt with some serious injuries ahead of the Leverkusen clash, with Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker both absent from the squad.
Alderweireld was stretchered off in the club’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday after a collision with teammate Jan Vertonghen.
Pochettino revealed on Monday afternoon that the centre-back is waiting for the result of his scan, but the club are not expecting a lengthy spell on the sidelines for the key defender.
Walker, 26, will also miss Spurs’ third Champions League group match of the campaign as he is rested for the tie.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s supporters have celebrated on Twitter the latest Alderweireld update.