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Pochettino makes bold claim about Tottenham in Champions League

By Dominic Toner

Mauricio Pochettino claims that Tottenham must believe they can win the Champions League.

The Spurs manager feels that the European giants of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich can be beaten.

The three heavyweights have won the Champions League in five of the last six seasons, with Chelsea breaking the trend in the 2011/12 campaign.

Spurs face a home match against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League group stages on Wednesday and will be looking to better the 0-0 draw from the reverse fixture in Germany.

The north London are currently involved in a fascinating group alongside Monaco, Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow, with the four teams separated by just three points.

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They are currently second and still have two of their three games left to play at home against Leverkusen and CSKA, with Spurs using the national stadium Wembley this season.

Pochettino believes that anything can happen in the Champions League and his side could compete against the best.

“It’s true, it will be difficult to win the Champions League but you need to believe you can compete with Real, Barcelona, Bayern,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “They might be at the top now but anything can happen.”

Manchester City demonstrated on Tuesday night that the top sides can be beaten, with a 3-1 home victory against Barcelona in their group stage match.

Spanish side Atletico Madrid have also been beaten finalists in two of the last three seasons to demonstrate the close competition in Europe.

Pochettino’s side have not won in their last five games across all competitions and will be under pressure for a win on Wednesday.

Spurs face a huge league match against rivals Arsenal on Sunday, but will be in a precarious position in Europe if they lose to Leverkusen.

In other Tottenham news, Arsenal fans have reacted on Twitter to Pochettino’s nomination by FIFA.