Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino highlights Qarabag threat

The Spurs head coach is anticipating a tough game given their performances against Celtic in Champions League qualifying.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has highlighted how opponents Qarabag will approach Thursday's encounter

Spurs take on the Azerbaijan champions at White Hart Lane tonight in their opening game of this year’s Europa League campaign.

It will be the first meeting between the two sides, and despite their lowly status, Qarabag will be stiff competition, having tested Celtic to the maximum over two legs in Champions League qualifying.

And Pochettino has warned that their opponents are a good side, as their performance against the Scottish champions demonstrated, highlighting the brand of football they will look to play.

“This is a good team, a team that play in a good way with a good philosophy,” he told

“They pushed Celtic all the way. They always try to play from the back, on the floor and are a dynamic and aggressive team in offensive situations. We need to have the right mentality for this game and we’re ready to compete.”

Pochettino targeting home wins

The Spurs boss has also reiterated the importance of his side winning their home games, starting with the next one on the schedule.

They were handed a tough group in this year’s competition, with Anderlecht and Monaco, as well as the trip to Azerbaijan in the return leg with Qarabag, all likely to prove testing for Pochettino’s side.

That means that their home games have taken on added significance if Pochettino’s side harbor any hopes of qualifying from the group, and the Argentine coach admits that the objective is to win them all.

“That’s our objective,” he added.

“We need to win because this group stage is difficult with Qarabag, Anderlecht and Monaco. It’s important to win at home. We respect Qarabag, We will play with aggression.”

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch