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Frank Lampard expects Christian Eriksen to step up against Borussia Dortmund

13 September 2017

Tottenham's Champions League campaign gets underway against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday and on paper, the match holds the key to their hopes of qualification for the knockout rounds.

Pochettino, whose Tottenham side crashed out of the competition at the group stage in 2016-17, also believes that an obsession with winning the Premier League is to blame for holding English teams back.

Tottenham will be without Dele Alli against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening. "It's true that in theory Real Madrid [will finish] first, then Dortmund, Tottenham and Apoel [will] compete to be second". "We need to feel that Wembley can be home".

"It will be tough because Dortmund is a great, great team but in our mind our mentality is to try to win and be aggressive from the first ball".

Tottenham's struggles at Wembley have been well-documented; defeats to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen dumped them out of the Champions League a year ago, whilst they could only muster a 2-2 draw with Gent to crash out of the Europa League.

"Last season was our first experience of the Champions League".

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"When you are here (in England), the Premier League is the main competition for every player". Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too.

"Real Madrid are on a different level: they won the last two Champions Leagues so it's a different reality".

Mauricio Pochettino's side come into the game off the back of a strong win away at Everton.

Nuri Sahin was part of the Dortmund team beaten by Bayern, but he is similarly looking forward to the game at Wembley.

"Last year we got off to a bad start". But despite the intimidating opposition, Pochettino wants his side to make a fast start to the campaign.

Frank Lampard expects Christian Eriksen to step up against Borussia Dortmund