Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld is looking forward to testing his ability against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday.
Spurs, who are sitting second in the Premier League table and five points adrift of leaders Leicester City, make the trip to the Westfalenstadion for the first leg of their last-16 clash.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been in impressive form in the competition so far and knocked out Fiorentina 4-1 on aggregate in the previous round.
Competing for silverware across two competitions has taken it’s toll on the squad this season and the strength and depth has been thoroughly tested from the start.
Injuries to summer signing Clinton N’Jie, who is nearing a return to action, and most recently Jan Vertonghen have hampered the team but the side are showing no signs of letting up.
The 2-2 draw against Arsenal last time out has left Spurs a considerable gap to make up on leaders Leicester in the race for the title but the immediate focus is on the Dortmund trip.
This will be the first encounter between the two teams in Europe and Alderweireld, who arrived at White Hart Lane last year, is eager to test himself against the Germans.
“Such a match is always special and then you can always take a step more in the competition,” he told the Mirror. “It’s a nice test for us. We are going to do our best.”
Tottenham have only lost one game in the Europa League this season but they will need to be wary of a Dortmund side that have scored 20 goals in their six European home games this term.
Erik Lamela is the joint-second top scorer in the competition with six and punters may decide to use their free bet on the Argentine firing the English club to glory once again.