Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

5 talking points ahead of this week's Champions League action

5 talking points ahead of this week's Champions League action

But it came after a remarkable moment when former England striker Jamie Vardy came off the bench to take a penalty that would have put the visitors level at 1-1 - only to see his effort saved by Man-of-the-Match Hugo Lloris, the Mirror reported.

"Today do you think that Sonny deserved to be booked? I have to congratulate the players", Pochettino continued.

A 3-1 home win over Leicester City on Sunday ensured that Tottenham head into their clash with Dortmund full of confidence and Lloris will be hoping to build on his own match-winning performance.

"They play fantastic football", Lloris said.

Maddison was set to take the penalty, but with Vardy already readying himself to come on, Claude Puel opted to send the striker on for Demarai Gray to take the spot-kick.

"In some days it's hard to deal with Wembley, but hopefully for this big game we'll receive this help from the crowd".

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Last season Spurs went out at the same stage to Juventus after losing at home following a draw in Turin, but Pochettino said that game will have no bearing on tomorrow at Wembley, where defender Jan Vertonghen expects a packed stadium will be right behind the home side. We have had a lot of opportunities, not just the penalty.

Although Pochettino's comments did not relate to a specific incident, it's likely that he was referring to Oliver's decision to award Liverpool two debatable penalties against Arsenal earlier this season, as well as his decision not to award Spurs a penalty in the last minute at Anfield - in an incident that again involved Son.

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has been ruled out of the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday due to a thigh injury, the club has said.

"Ultimately, I still don't think Spurs will come out on top, but with three months of the season to go, they definitely still have a chance and you can not discount them", he said.

"I am more relaxed now because we won the game, three important points we got, but so disappointed with the situation because everyone wants to talk about different clubs or players, but do you think we are a team that is trying to cheat the referee?" First of all we need to keep our place in the top four and then maybe more.

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