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Spurs v Bayer Leverkusen - Mauricio's preview

02 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Aggression and focus - key words from Mauricio Pochettino heading into tonight's Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley Stadium, connected by EE.

Nothing has changed in Group E as we approach Matchday Four. Monaco remain top on five points, we're second on four, Bayer Leverkusen are third on three after three draws and CSKA Moscow prop up the group on two. Monaco play host to CSKA in tonight's other fixture.

Victory would take us four points clear of the Bundesliga side, underlining how pivotal this match could be.

"We all know it’s important to take three points," said Mauricio. "It’s true that Leverkusen are a very good team but we need to be aggressive, focused and if we want to go through to the next round, we need the three points.

Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV


"The match in Leverkusen confirmed that they are a very good team, with good players.

"The second half was very tough and they created some chances. We played well in the first half. It was a very competitive game and it will be very competitive again."

It was us, not Wembley

Meanwhile, Mauricio put the blame for our MD1 defeat against Monaca squarely at the door of our mistakes, not playing at Wembley Stadium for the first time.

Below: Mauricio faces the media on Tuesday


"That is true. It was our mistakes, it wasn’t Wembley. Against Monaco, it was our first time at Wembley with different habits, but now we know. Now it’s up to us, to create that atmosphere, to get all the fans behind us. It will exciting for Leverkusen to play at Wembley but we need to use that to put them under pressure and try to win the game."


Mauricio: "It's something we realise and we are not concerned, we are focused on trying to score more. We are a team that will create a lot of chances and it’s true that we need to improve on our percentage in front of goal. We need to be more clinical in the next two games."

Mauricio's press conference