Tottenham must make fast start in the Champions League, insists Mauricio Pochettino

Christian Eriksen has been one of the stand-out players for Tottenham Hotspur this season

Tottenham take on Borussia Dortmund in their opening Champions League clash at Wembley on Wednesday.

Spurs are joined by Real Madrid and Cypriot side APOEL as well as Dortmund in Group H.

Borussia Dortmund may be going through a hard period with injuries, presenting continually challenges for new manager Peter Bosz, but there's also some optimism ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur match.

"It's true that in theory Real Madrid are first, then Dortmund, Tottenham and APOEL compete to be second". "We need to feel that Wembley can be home". It will be tough because Dortmund is a great, great team, but our mentality is to try to win and be aggressive from the first ball.

Tottenham's downfall was triggered by poor results in their home games at Wembley, where they were beaten by Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.

The Gabon goal-machine Aubameyang managed a staggering 40 goals in all competitions last season, and has already netted six times in his first five this term which will allow the Bundesliga leaders to enter the contest with some confidence.

After taking just one point from home games against Chelsea and Burnley, Spurs got back to winning ways - and must now take that into the Champions League.

"When you are here (in England), the Premier League is the main competition for every player".

He added: "Of course the final we played here at Wembley is still a painful memory, but excitement is the overriding emotion".

Dele Ali starts his three-game European ban for Tottenham against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too. It would be good if we could score there and, in an ideal-case scenario, get some points on the board. Remember - we had to reduce gap to the top-four sides, now we're fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League.

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