Despite the absentees Pochettino has targeted a win tonight and added: “We must win if we want to go to the next round – it is key to take the three points. The next two games, here and against Leverkusen again at Wembley, will be decisive for us.”
He predicted a thriller, though, saying he was a big fan of Leverkusen boss Roger Schimdt. “I admire him a lot,” added. “I like him a lot for what is he doing at Leverkusen and before at Salzburg.
“I don’t know him personally but I have seen his teams a lot and I like the philosophy and the way his teams play. It will be an exciting game, both teams want to go forward.”
BAYER LEVERKUSEN (4-2-3-1): Leno; Henrichs, Toprak, Tah, Wendell; Aranguiz, Kampl; Calhanoglu, Mehmedi, Brandt; Hernandez.
SPURS (4-1-4-1): Lloris; Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama; Lamela, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen; Son.
Referee: Cuneyt Cakır (Turkey).
TV: 7.45pm. BT Sport 2.