Spurs face Anderlecht at White Hart Lane tomorrow night. (KO 20:05)
The Belgian started in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, which saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men leave Anderlecht on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline, and is now determined to put things right.
“We have to win at home,” he said, in an interview on the club’s official site.
“We have to show them who we are and we need to show our supporters at White Hart Lane that we can get three points and take a big step towards the next round.
“We were angry after the game in Brussels so we want to prove ourselves again. We let ourselves down over there and Thursday is a good opportunity to put that right and show how good we are.
Tottenham’s surprise loss in Belgium has made qualification from the group stages a more drawn out process than Pochettino had hoped for, with the initial aim of securing qualification before the trip to Azerbaijan no longer possible.
The Lilywhites currently sit third in Group J, but there is all to play for with just two points separating top from bottom and two home games still to come for Spurs.
Pochettino has limited his use of rotation since the win over Qarabag, in a bid to qualify quicker, but things haven’t gone to plan, and it has left the likes of Kevin Wimmer and Tom Carroll struggling for game time.
Spurs’ packed fixture list - which will see them play Monday, Thursday and Sunday this week – will necessitate changes however, and how Pochettino plays his cards over the next two games will make for an intriguing watch.