Spurs and City face Euro showdown

Tottenham and Manchester City have been drawn against each other in an all-Premier League affair in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola will go head-to-head to see who will progress through to the semi-final stages of the prestigious European competition.

Meanwhile, last season's finalists Liverpool have been drawn against Porto, while Manchester United have another tough tie after being drawn out against La Liga frontrunners Barcelona.

The other quarter-final will see Ajax, who knocked out Real Madrid in the last round, face Serie A champions Juventus.

The quarter-final first legs take place on 9th April and 10th April, while the semi-finals start on 30th April and 1st May.

This season's final will be played on 1st June at Madrid's 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano.

Tottenham are 25/1 to win the Champions League this season, while City are 2/1 to claim the title.

Liverpool are 4/1 to go that step closer and claim European glory this term, with Manchester United at 20/1 to lift the trophy in Madrid.

Champions League Quarter-Finals:
Ajax v Juventus
Liverpool v Porto
Tottenham v Manchester City
Barcelona v Manchester United

Champions League Semi-Finals:
Tottenham/Manchester City v Ajax/Juventus 
Barcelona/Manchester United v Liverpool/Porto

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Spurs and City set for Euro showdown

Tottenham and Manchester City have been drawn against each other in an all-Premier League affair in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola will go head-to-head to see who will progress through to the semi-final stages of the prestigious European competition.

Meanwhile, last season's finalists Liverpool have been drawn against Porto, while Manchester United have another tough tie after being drawn out against La Liga frontrunners Barcelona.

The other quarter-final will see Ajax, who knocked out Real Madrid in the last round, face Serie A champions Juventus.

The quarter-final first legs take place on 9th April and 10th April, while the semi-finals start on 30th April and 1st May.

This season's final will be played on 1st June at Madrid's 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano.

Tottenham are 25/1 to win the Champions League this season, while City are 2/1 to claim the title.

Liverpool are 4/1 to go that step closer and claim European glory this term, with Manchester United at 20/1 to lift the trophy in Madrid.

Champions League Quarter-Finals:
Ajax v Juventus
Liverpool v Porto
Tottenham v Manchester City
Barcelona v Manchester United

Champions League Semi-Finals:
Tottenham/Manchester City v Ajax/Juventus 
Barcelona/Manchester United v Liverpool/Porto

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Poch: We need to show more

Mauricio Pochettino accepts that Tottenham will have to "move to the next level" if they are to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Spurs produced a solid display on Tuesday to win 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion and seal a 4-0 aggregate success against Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.

Harry Kane scored the only goal of the second leg four minutes into the second half to effectively end the tie as a contest after Dortmund had created numerous chances before the break with Hugo Lloris keeping out efforts by Marco Reus, Mario Goetze and Julian Weigl.

"For me, to move to the next level or the last level, I think it is not only today to show a very professional performance," Pochettino said after the match.

"It is so important to be in the quarter-final, but you need to show more if you want to be at the next level.

"To build that possibility to be at the same level as the clubs that we are talking about, you need to start from the first step always. We are in the middle or 70 per cent of moving forward."

Spurs, who were knocked out of last season's Champions League by Juventus at the same stage, had only taken one point from their last three Premier League fixtures. They are 4/11 to finish in the top four this season. Meanwhile, they can be backed at 14/1 to win the Champions League.

"We fully deserved this. We scored four goals, did not concede and this was against a team that is top of the Bundesliga with great players," added Pochettino.

"Job done. I am happy for our players, for the fans. We suffered a bit in the first half but it is very important to be in the quarter-final."

Spurs are 4/5 to beat Southampton at St Mary's in the Premier League on Saturday.

Spurs spirit pleases Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino felt his Tottenham side had showed good fighting qualities in the 1-1 derby draw with Arsenal, as they avoided a third consecutive Premier League loss.

Back-to-back defeats at Burnley and Chelsea had ended any lingering thoughts of a shock Premier League title success, but Spurs still have plenty to play, especially as they are still involved in the Champions League.

And head coach Pochettino, who saw Hugo Lloris save a late penalty to ensure a draw against the Gunners, was content with what he watched at Wembley on Saturday.

The Argentinian commented: "We showed great character. Our performance was not great, but it was really good to draw. After two defeats it was important to start to build our positive run.

"We deserved a victory, but the circumstances at the end make this point even more important to build our confidence to be sure to arrive in a good condition against Borussia Dortmund.

"Not only the performance, the point always helps us to keep our belief and build our confidence for the future."

Spurs are back in action on Tuesday, when they head to Germany for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund, holding a major 3-0 advantage from the first leg.

Tottenham are 13/5 to gain a draw in Dortmund, with the hosts 15/2 to win the game by a 2-1 scoreline, while the Londoners are available at 16/1 to win the Champions League this season.

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Spurs duo to be assessed

Tottenham duo Jan Vertonghen and Harry Winks are struggling with hip injuries and could be forced to sit out Saturday's north London derby.

Vertonghen missed the midweek 2-0 defeat at Chelsea although Winks did feature in all 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Dele Alli (hamstring) and Eric Dier (tonsillitis) look set to miss the Wembley encounter against Arsenal, which Spurs are 21/20 to win. Mauricio Pochettino's team have lost their last two Premier League games and are 1/3 to finish in the top four this term. Spurs are four points above Arsenal heading into the derby clash.

"I think the feeling is a little bit weird," admitted Pochettino. "It should be that everyone before the start of the season [would] sign to be in the position that we're in today, and you're [saying to] me, 'It's only four points, that Arsenal or Manchester United are below us, or Chelsea.'

"I think we're living in different realities because, with all the circumstances, Tottenham deserve big praise to be in the position that we're in at this moment of the season.

"Of course we're disappointed in the last two results but we need to keep going and trust in our team. It's going to be tough on Saturday but we believe we can deliver a good job."

Harry Kane is 8/11 to score at any time on Saturday while a 1-1 draw in the north London derby is available at 13/2.

Poch looks at the positives

Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not feeling the pressure even after his Tottenham side slumped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The setback comes on the back of Saturday's 2-1 loss at Burnley and leaves Spurs looking over their shoulders at the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Maurizio Sarri's team as the race for a top-four finish hots up.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are just five points behind Spurs who face Arsenal, who are fourth and only four points behind, in a crunch north London derby at Wembley this weekend.

Spurs are 1/3 to finish in the top four and 1/1 to beat the Gunners, who are 9/2 to win the Europa League this season.

"I am not afraid. I have freedom in my mind, I have the same feeling I had before," Pochettino said.

"If people are scared now about the top four, that is football. It's a massive business for sure but we need to enjoy it, playing football.

"Everyone from the beginning of the season would have signed up to be in this position before playing on Saturday.

"Everyone would have signed for that eight or 10 months ago in June or July, to be, today, with the possibility of playing against Arsenal at Wembley with the gap at four points. The pressure is on them, not only us. Them too, surely."

Sarri issues Kepa drop hint

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has hinted that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could be dropped for Wednesday's Premier League visit of Tottenham.

Sarri revealed the news at his press conference ahead of the London derby at Stamford Bridge after the Spanish goalkeeper was fined a week's wages for defying him when refusing to leave the pitch when being substituted towards the end of extra-time in Sunday's Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out final defeat against Manchester City.

The Italian tactician later said the incident was a "misunderstanding" and the matter was "closed" as far as he was concerned, but it seems that Kepa could still be further punished by sitting out the Spurs clash.

When asked if he will play, Sarri said: "I don't know, I have to decide. Maybe yes, maybe no.

"I want to send a message to my group. The message could be Kepa is on the pitch or Kepa is out of the pitch.

"He made a big mistake, and there are some consequences. If the consequence is to play, he has to be ready to play. If the consequence is the bench, he has to be ready to go to the bench.

"I spoke with Kepa, then we spoke all together. He said sorry to the technical staff but it was not enough. Then he said sorry to his team-mates and the club. He made a big mistake but we don't want to kill him."

Chelsea, who are 6/5 to secure a top-four finish this season, are 13/10 to bounce back from their cup final defeat with a win this week, while Spurs are priced at 9/4 and the draw is 5/2.

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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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Reus to miss Wembley clash

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus will miss the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Tottenham because of a thigh injury.

The 29-year-old Germany international has scored 17 goals in all competitions for the Bundesliga leaders this season.

However, he picked up the injury during last week's German Cup defeat to Werder Bremen and missed Saturday's 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim.

"We would, of course, have liked to have him in London, because his presence is a bit intimidating for the opponent," said Dortmund official Sebastian Kehl. "But we'll compensate for his absence."

It is unclear whether Reus will be fit enough to play in the return leg in Dortmund on 5th March.

Meanwhile, Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris accepts that it will be difficult to get the better of Dortmund and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino's team were fortunate to beat Leicester City 3-1 at Wembley on Sunday when not playing well while France international Lloris had to save Jamie Vardy's penalty and keep out an effort by Harvey Barnes with an outstretched leg.

"Dortmund play fantastic football with fantastic players and I'm not surprised they're top of the league in Germany," said Lloris.

"It's going to be very, very difficult. Some days it's difficult to deal with Wembley but, hopefully, in this big game, we'll receive help from the crowd.

"Leicester played fantastic and we won the game thanks to our spirit and character. Without that, we could not win. [But] we need to improve the team performance. Against a bigger side we couldn't have won that type of game. It's up to us."

Spurs can be backed at 21/20 to qualify for the last eight of the Champions League and at 8/1 to beat Dortmund 2-1 on Wednesday. Pochettino's team are 9/4 to keep a clean sheet in the first leg against the German side and 8/1 to win the Wembley clash from behind.

Puel denies Vardy bust-up

Leicester boss Claude Puel insists there is no animosity between himself and Jamie Vardy after their angry exchange on the sidelines against Manchester United.

The Foxes topscorer was visibly frustrated at full-time of last Sunday's clash with the Red Devils, which the Foxes lost 1-0.

It was suggested that his outburst when speaking to Puel was just the latest coming together between the pair, who were thought to have fallen out earlier in the season.

Vardy was dropped previously in the campaign after a supposed training ground bust-up with Puel, although Leicester claimed he was struggling with a stomach bug which had meant he hadn't trained ahead of the October clash with West Ham.

Puel has once again dismissed the suggestion there is any problem between himself and his star striker, claiming Vardy was just experiencing his frustration against United.

“I have a good relationship with him. We know Jamie and after he has lost, he is never happy and that is normal for a player," Puel said.

"If I thought one of my players was disrespectful, to me or to the club, there would be a sanction.

"That is not the case with Jamie."

Vardy looks likely to start Sunday's game against Tottenham as Leicester look to maintain their recent good away record, taking a point at Liverpool at the end of last month having beaten Chelsea before Christmas.

The Foxes will be without Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey for the encounter at Wembley.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are still missing Harry Kane, Ben Davies and Dele Alli due to injury, while Eric Dier absent due to an illness.

Spurs are 4/6 to pick up the win they need to maintain their title challenge, while a Leicester victory is 19/4. The draw is 3/1.

Vardy is 12/5 to score anytime having been directly involved in seven goals in his last seven appearances against Tottenham.