Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break

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It has been a punishing schedule for Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham players. Since they returned from the November international break they have played 21 times in 78 days, fighting against tiredness and injuries without reinforcements from the summer or winter transfer windows while also dealing with the unsettling delays over their new stadium.

The 22nd game comes on Wednesday night at Wembley and it is the biggest of the lot – the first leg of the Champions League last 16 against Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga leaders. But when Pochettino looked into the eyes of his players during Tuesday’s team meeting, he saw what he wanted to see. He is not quite sure how but they are ready for one more push.

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