Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said his team Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester City will be one of the most important matches in his career.
City heads to north London on Tuesday for the first European match at Tottenham’s new 62,000-seater stadium, with Pep Guardiola’s side continuing their bid to win four trophies this season.
Having seen their own Premier League title ambitions fade last month, Tottenham’s hopes of winning silverware this season now rest on getting past the league champions and into a first Champions League semi-final in the club’s history.
When asked if Tuesday’s game was going to be the biggest of his life, Pochettino said: “Yes. This is going to be one of the most important games.
“For us, it is a bonus to play in the quarter-finals. We are going to try to beat them. The objective is to be in the semi-finals but it is going to be tough because Manchester City are a very good team and we respect them.”
Asked if City can complete a historic quadruple, Pochettino added: “In the last few years Manchester City are building to try and win everything. They have a very good squad and one of the best managers in the world. If one team can do it, it is Manchester City.
“We want to start tomorrow being very aggressive and try to dominate. We have had time to prepare for the game.
“It is our second game in our new stadium and the first in the Champions League so we hope the atmosphere is amazing and tough for our opponent.