Pochettino gives two-word assessment of Tottenham clash against Leverkusen
By Emma Sanders
Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino has stated his side will be on course to qualify for the next round of the Champions League if they triumph in their “must win” clash against Bayer Leverkusen.
Spurs take on their German opponents on Tuesday evening and Pochettino is hoping his side can deliver the goods to take them one step closer to the Champions League last-16.
The manager has made it clear he believes the game against Leverkusen is crucial to Tottenham and they must win in order to qualify for the next stage.
“The next two games against Leverkusen for us to hold the key to the possibility of going to the next round,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“It’s important. We must win. If we want to go to the next round this is key to take three points from this game and play at Wembley the same way.”
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Spurs currently sit in second place in Group E, with Leverkusen directly below them and there is only a point separating the two sides.
Pochettino’s team have started the Premier League campaign in fairly impressive fashion, winning five of their games and remaining unbeaten after eight league matches.
Their opponents have been inconsistent in the Bundesliga, winning three of their opening seven games and currently sit in 10th position in the table.
Spurs have been drawn alongside CSKA Moscow and Monaco alongside Bayer Leverkusen in a tough group for the English side.
A place in the last-16 is at stake for both teams should they qualify in the top two spots of the group and Pochettino wants his side to have the advantage at Bay Arena on Tuesday.