Dele Alli reveals all on Tottenham’s title chances: We will not crack under the pressure

In a clear indication of the importance he places on the league, Pochettino left Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele on the bench against Dortmund, while Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll and 18-year-old Josh Onomah were all handed starts.

Lloris, however, would not be drawn on the starting line-up in Germany. “This is a question for the manager,” he said.

“When you are a player you are always ready no matter which player, which team, which tactics, it’s just football and your mind is always ready to compete but after, at this level against a team like that, we need more.

“I want to play more games like Thursday and for that you need to play Champions League.”

Alli, who was suspended against Dortmund, and Danny Rose, who is nursing a sore calf and was left at home, could both return this weekend.

Villa have won only once in their last eight league matches and are currently nine points adrift of safety.

Tottenham midfielder Mason said: “Sunday is a massive game now for us. We haven’t won in our last two league games so hopefully we can get back to a win.

“It (the Dortmund defeat) is disappointing but there are characters in the squad that means Sunday won’t be a problem.”

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