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Rival manager gives verdict on Tottenham ahead of Bayer Leverkusen clash

By Will Butcher

Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt has lauded Wednesday night’s opponents Tottenham ahead of their Champions League clash.

Spurs held out their Group E rivals last time out in Germany, as they drew 0-0 thanks to a masterclass in goalkeeping from Ballon d’Or nominee Hugo Lloris.

Speaking ahead of his side’s European clash at Wembley, Schmidt heaped praise on Mauricio Pochettino’s side, highlighting their use of high pressure and a quick counter attack before stating Leverkusen will have to be at their best.

“Tottenham are very good at pressing, winning the ball and changing defence to attack,” Schmidt said, in quotes published by Spurs’ official website.

“We want to produce our best. All our players want to show what they can do at this venue. We have to function as a team. Tottenham are very strong opposition.”

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The two sides are set to meet in front of more than 80,000 fans at Wembley, as Spurs continue to play their home games away from White Hart Lane.

Three points at Wembley for Spurs could see them move to the top of Group E if Monaco slip up against CSKA Moswcow, and to within touching distance of qualifying for the knockout phase.

Spurs will be without first-team stars Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld, as manager Pochettino revealed they could return on Sunday against Arsenal.

In other Tottenham news, fans have given this verdict on Vincent Janssen ahead of the match.