Kane, Son, Vertonghen, Winks on Dortmund
Mon 17 December 2018, 18:42|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane says we’ll draw on recent experience in the UEFA Champions League when we take on Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 next year.
We were paired with the current Bundesliga leaders in the draw in Switzerland on Monday.
We play the home leg first on Wednesday 13 February before travelling to Dortmund on Tuesday 5 March.
Currently nine points clear in Germany, Dortmund finished level on points with Atletico Madrid but topped Group A via goal difference.
Die Schwarzgelben are familiar opposition now. We faced them in the last 16 of the Europa League in 2016 before being drawn in the same qualifying group in the Champions League last season when we completed the double with a 3-1 win at Wembley and 2-1 success in the Westfalenstadion.
We spoke to Harry, Heung-Min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Harry Winks for their views on the draw...
“Borussia Dortmund are a top side, great stadium, great support. It’s going to be tough. They are doing well this season in the Bundesliga and they look in top form. So it’s tough, but we know we’re capable of beating them as well.
“We’ve had some good results in the Champions League especially away from home when you look at the likes of Real Madrid (1-1), Dortmund (2-1) and Juventus (2-2) last season and now Barcelona (1-1) this season. It’s good we’ve got that experience, we’ve been there and know how to get it done and now we need to use that again.
“This is what we work hard for, to get through the group and into the knockout stage. We had one point after three games but dug deep to get through. Now it’s up to us to put in the performances home and away to try to progress further.”
"The players were talking about who we might draw before training. I had a feeling we’d get Dortmund. I think it’s a good draw. It’s a difficult opponent but I think we can win this game. We have good memories from last season’s Champions League campaign and we will face them with positive energy.
"We have to go into the tie with confidence. We have to believe. Remember last season, we played so well (in the last 16) against Juventus but still didn’t qualify for the quarter-finals. We want to make the quarter-finals, semi-finals or even more than that. This is our dream and we have to believe in it."
Meanwhile, it's worth noting that Sonny has scored eight goals in nine appearances against Dortmund for Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Spurs.
"There’s no secret," he added. "I’ve scored a few times against Dortmund and I just want to help my team-mates again. Without my team-mates, I won’t score against them. I hope to score again!"
“We’ve played them a couple of times in the last few years but they are a different side this year. They are doing very well – top of the league in Germany – and I think we’ll face a different team from the one from the last couple of years. We beat them twice last year and hopefully we can beat them again.
“The first game last year was tight because it was the first group game but we felt we had to win it. It was very close and they had a couple of good chances but we got off to a flying start. The away game was different as qualification was already done – we were just fighting to win the group. We won it anyway and that was a good win but it was still a close game.
“Those games away at Real Madrid and Dortmund last season gave us the confidence that we can beat every team. I think it helped us to go through this year after we were beaten by Inter as we kept believing. We went to Barcelona for a result and we got it at the end so we believe we can beat the best teams in the world. In my opinion, we’ve got one of the best teams in the world and we can beat them.
“Dortmund play like an English team with lots of passion, good football and pace up front, great technique and pace on the wings and in midfield – they are just a very complete team. They are keeping lots of clean sheets and scoring lots of goals this season – they are one of the more entertaining sides to watch so it will be a good game. They are going to be good but we are going to be good as well.
“I’ve played so many games with Axel Witsel for Belgium – he’s a great player. It’s good to see him playing in one of the big European leagues as he’s been around for a bit. He’s a great player and he’s doing very well but it will be funny to see him on the other side.”
“We played them last season – they were a top side and I remember the atmosphere out there was something I’d never really experienced. They have that high stadium and it was pretty special. To come out of there with a win was excellent and something we were all proud of.
“They have been doing really well in the league this year. I’ve been speaking to Jadon Sancho and he’s been telling me what kind of side they are and how well they’re doing. They are a side we have to treat carefully and prepare well for as they are going to be a very dangerous team to play against, especially at their place. It’s a good opportunity for us to progress. It’s the Champions League and if you want to win it, you have to beat the best teams.”