Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino praises Jadon Sancho ahead of Champions League clash

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen plays the ball during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium in London

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen plays the ball during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium in London

"Whenever there are players there that you know, you try to follow them a bit more so obviously Axel Witsel transferred there over the summer and you follow your (international) team-mates", explained the defender.

"We want to play big games like this in one of the best stadiums in the world in Wembley".

He will no doubt be looking to impress after being heavily criticized after last years games against Tottenham. It's so hard. I'm a person that always accepts the mistake but I think it was so unusual, the situation today. "Whatever happens, I am going to reward the players with some days off, so they can breathe a little bit and enjoy, because the schedule has been insane".

Son has now become the fourth Spurs player to be booked for diving this season and, when Pochettino was asked whether his side are being unfairly targeted, he replied: "I don't understand why, if that's what you say. All the respect to the opponent - but I am a person who will always believe we can beat any team".

"Twenty-four hours in this type of competition, the last 16, is a massive disadvantage".

"It doesn't mean we can't compete, but for me it doesn't make sense". For me, I'm going to stop describing the real situation, but I think there is no sense.




"We had some great Champions League games at Wembley last season and we need that again", Vertonghen said.

Reus injured his thigh last Tuesday while drilling home a direct free-kick against Werder Bremen, but Dortmund lost on penalties as the German Cup tie finished 3-3 after extra time.

Puel opted to leave Vardy on the bench, but the former England striker came on to take Leicester's penalty after James Maddison was fouled.

Insisting he was happy for Vardy to take the penalty, Puel said: "I gave him the opportunity".

"Like this afternoon it maybe wasn't our best performance, and it's impossible during 10 minutes to be at the same level, but we're still in it".

Vardy was introduced as a substitute after the spot-kick had been awarded and immediately took it with his very first touch of the match.

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