We take on the Bundesliga side at their BayArena home, looking to stretch a run of form that has seen us lose only once in all competitions so far this season – a narrow reverse against AS Monaco at Wembley in our European opener.
Schmidt, who has been in charge of Leverkusen since 2014 and has masterminded fourth and third-place finishes in the Bundesliga over the last two seasons, is expecting a difficult game and says he’s been impressed with our progress in recent times.
“Tottenham play great football and there's a great atmosphere at the club,” he told reporters at his pre-match press conference. “You can see that they've improved all aspects of their game. They're very organised and very aggressive.
“They also have a very solid defence. You have to expect Tottenham to challenge for the Premier League title again this season – they have a balanced squad and an excellent coach, which gives them a good foundation to develop in the future."
On the return of a certain South Korean international star to his former club, Schmidt added: “I was privileged to coach Heung-Min Son at Leverkusen for a season.
“After a tricky first season at Tottenham he's now showing his true potential and I hope that continues, with the possible exception of (tonight). Tottenham are very strong, but at the BayArena we have a chance to show what we can do.”