Vertonghen eyes last-eight spot

Jan Vertonghen is confident that Tottenham can reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2011 this season.

The 31-year-old Belgium international defender has been preparing for Spurs' last-16 first leg tie against German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Vertonghen, who is poised to be up against England international midfield starlet Jadon Sancho in the left-back role with Ben Davies and Danny Rose struggling because of respcetive injury problems, felt the north Londoners merited a place in the last-eight 12 months ago.

Spurs beat Dortmund twice in last season's group stage and picked up four points from eventual winners Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino's side recovered from a poor start to this season's Group B campaign as they defeated PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan before drawing 1-1 against Barcelona at the Camp Nou to secure their place in the knockout stages.

And Vertonghen feels they can take that form into the two-legged tie against Dortmund.

He said: "We can beat anyone.

"We have shown that last year. Over two games we were the better team against Real Madrid who were the eventual winners of the trophy.

"That is why it was a shame we could not do better last year because we felt we should have done better. That is why everyone has the feeling we can do it this year."

Tottenham, who are 9/1 to be the furthest progressing Premier League team this season, are 23/20 to defeat Dortmund in the first leg, while the German outfit  are priced at 5/2 and the draw is 13/5.

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