Poch: Spurs must start well

12 September 2017 16:09:03 EST

Mauricio Pochettino admits that Tottenham cannot afford another slow start in the Champions League this season.

Successive home defeats helped confirm their first-round exit before the final round of games a year ago and Borussia Dortmund are the visitors to Wembley on Wednesday.

Defeat again the Bundesliga outfit in a group that also includes reining European champions Real Madrid would leave Spurs facing an uphill task again from the word go.

Pochettino is keen to avoid that scenario and feels his squad are in a good place following the weekend Premier League win at Everton.

"Tomorrow is so important," he said. "To get three points will be key to the future. It's like a final and we need to show we're competitive.

"I think we're in a good moment - after Everton [a 3-0 win] the confidence is high and we feel good."

Spurs will be without Dele Alli on Wednesday, the England man serving a suspension but right-back Serge Aurier could make his debut.

Pochettino says the importance of the Premier League is one of the key reasons why English clubs have not enjoyed recent European success.

Spurs are 21/20 to beat Dortmund, who are 13/5 for the win while the draw is 14/5 at Wembley.

"The Champions League and Europa League are important but not on the same level. That is so difficult to explain outside - only when you are here can you realise the Premier League is massive for every single club, and the players too.

"In Spain or Italy they prioritise the Champions League rather than the domestic league. And the teams at another [lower] level prioritise the Europa League rather than the domestic league. That is massive."

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