It looks set to be a very busy end to the season for Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs after clinching a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Heading to Dortmund with one foot already in the final eight of the competition after their 3-0 win in the first leg, the Lilywhites were given quite a scare early on with the Bundesliga leaders putting them under intense pressure.

Hugo Lloris was immense in goal as he kept out multiple efforts, with Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies also playing a major part with some fine blocks at crucial moments.

Spurs fans will have to wait another month before they are back in the competition but they will discover their opponents in the final eight when the draw is made next Friday.

Ajax have joined them in the hat for the next round after a brilliant 5-3 aggregate win over holders Real Madrid, while the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Man City look set to also be in the draw.

While it is obviously great news that Spurs are right in the mix to win the competition, Pochettino’s side face a gruelling schedule next month with games in Europe and the Premier League.

The team are down to face Brighton & Hove Albion in their first league game in April before they return to European action, although there is a very good chance that game could be rearranged due to the Seagulls’ involvement in the FA Cup.

Spurs also have a game to reschedule against Crystal Palace before the end of the season, but when that game is played may well depend on how far they advance in the Champions League.

The fixture could potentially be scheduled for week commencing Monday, April 22 at present as the Champions League semi-finals commence the following week.

Having to contend with a busy schedule so far this campaign at the end of October and start of November, as well as in December, the final few weeks of the season could prove to be rather testing for the team as they bid to clinch a top-three finish in the league and go as far as possible in the Champions League.

 

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