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2nd Nov, 2016 | 10:04am

Pochettino identifies key danger for Tottenham v Leverkusen

By Will Butcher

Mauricio Pochettino has called for Tottenham’s defence to be “especially vigilant” as they look to cope with Javier Hernandez on Wednesday night.

The north London side come up against the former Manchester United goal machine as they face Bayer Leverkusen in Group E of the Champions League.

Speaking ahead of their all-important clash against Leverkusen, Pochettino revealed that Hernandez is capable of anything and is a vital member of the Bundesliga side’s squad.

“Obviously he is a great player, I’ve known about him for a long time,” Pochettino said, as quoted by “In all the clubs where he has played he has scored goals. It’s clear that he is of vital importance to Leverkusen.”

“We will have to be especially vigilant of him, because he’s a dominant player in the box, that can harm us and create situations when we least expect it. We have to face a world class player.”

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Hernandez was on the books at United for five years, scoring 59 league and cup goals in 157 appearances after moving to Old Trafford in 2010.

A loan move to Real Madrid in 2014 failed to materialise into anything permanent, which allowed Leverkusen to swoop for the 28-year-old star who has now scored 33 goals in 53 games since the move.

With Belgium international Toby Alderweireld set to miss out through injury, Pochettino is likely to rely on Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier to deal with the Mexico international as they look to qualify for the last 16.

In other Tottenham news, this senior star is set to return against Arsenal after failing to return to fitness for Wednesday night.