The Terriers' coach, who guided the club to promotion via the Championship play-off final last season, admits his team will face their biggest top-flight challenge yet when we visit the John Smith’s Stadium for a 12.30pm kick-off.
“It’s no secret that it’s a top-six side, maybe more than only top six and this is the first time we meet an opponent with this quality,” said the 45-year-old, who was on the coaching staff at Borussia Dortmund during current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s time at the helm.
“This group so far has taken every step as good as they could and now it’s the next step and we are totally excited, me included, to see if we can take the step. How big the step is for us, nobody knows, because we haven’t done it so far.
“It’s another home game, we are very happy that we play at home in our stadium, which has delivered so far a real atmosphere and a lot of energy. We will need this for sure.
“Of course, I don’t have to say too many words and sentences about Tottenham Hotspur, everybody is aware of their quality. We will be there and we will prepare ourselves. I’ve said this before – in one game you could have a chance sometimes, maybe Saturday is such a day, even if we know that Tottenham is a top side in the Premier League.”
Wagner’s men have only conceded three Premier League goals so far this season, the fewest of any side outside the top two. Asked how he expects his defenders to fare against Harry Kane, he continued: “I have no individual plan to stop individual players of Tottenham Hotspur – it makes no sense from my point of view. I think we have to be focused on every individual and the team and for this we will find our solutions. One aim we have is to make sure that maybe we can pull them down to our level on Saturday and then hopefully we can neutralise their offence as good as we can.
“If you see their offensive players, their individual quality which they have shown, this is exactly the tasks you ask for, exactly the challenges you like to have. This is why we celebrated at the end of May at Wembley (at the play-off final) because we have these games in front of us.”
Wagner added: “We have to make sure that we know everything we have to know about Tottenham Hotspur and I am totally confident that we do. Then we have to make sure we give the players the right ideas how we can cause them some problems. I think we have the right ideas, then it’s up to us and the players to transfer our theory onto the grass with the help of our stadium. We are really focused on making it as uncomfortable as possible for Tottenham Hotspur and we will see what we get out of the game.”