Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to prevent Mario Gotze from spearheading a successful attacking performance for Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening.
Gotze will be one of the key danger men in yellow looking to score a vital away goal for the visitors when they take to Wembley for the first-leg of a hotly anticipated Champions League tie.
Ahead of the game, the 26-year-old has spoken of his admiration for the Premier League and discussed the significant absences of both Harry Kane and Marco Reus.
But it was also interesting to hear Gotze talk about comparisons with Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, as his comments suggest that Mauricio Pochettino needs to look close to home to deal with the threat offered by the German World Cup winner, as per Goal.
“You could compare us.
“The positions he takes, the way he plays, the space he sees, the goals he scores… he’s an extremely important player for Tottenham.
“The continuity of his performances are clear too. I can see why his successes and his style of playing have similarities to mine.”
Gotze has been deployed as a centre-forward for much of the season so far despite his preference to operate in attacking midfield.
But his positional tweak has not instigated a huge transformation in his style of play; he remains creative-minded and eager to impact the game with his vision and guile.
With that said, Spurs must use his comments regarding his style of play and prepare to stop the supply into his feet and force him to chase down long balls and play with his back to goal.
Like Eriksen, Gotze can be a menace in the final-third when afforded time and space to play a killer pass, so Pochettino must ensure that his team set up to combat his threat, otherwise he could provide the likes of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Guerreiro with the quality service they thrive off.