Steffen Freund names three vital Spurs players, praises Kane, can't predict Dortmund result

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Spurs meet Borussia Dortmund tonight - two of Steffen Freund's former clubs.

Ex-Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund star Steffen Freund has told Revier Sport in his native Germany that tonight's game between his two former clubs is too difficult to predict.

After comfortably beating Fiorentina in the last round of the Europa League, Spurs are handed a trip to Germany to take on the favourites for the tournament, Borussia Dortmund.

Thomas Tuchel's men beat Porto 3-0 on aggregate in the last round, and are packed with world class players such as Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus and the devastating goal machine Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Tonight's game at Signal Iduna Park promises to be one of the matches of the competition, with both teams tipped to be in with a shout of being in the final, but only one team can progress after the draw pitted them together - a particularly fascinating tie for Steffen Freund.

The German, now 46, played for Dortmund between 1993 and 1998, before leaving to join Tottenham, where he became something of a cult hero, making over 100 appearances during a five-year spell at White Hart Lane.

Unsurprisingly, Freund has been asked for his opinion on the game given his connections to both clubs, but he has told Revier Sport that the game is simply too difficult to pick, and deserves to be the final, rather than a quarter-final clash.

Freund did however highlight Tottenham's change in approach under Mauricio Pochettino, raving about striker Harry Kane whilst highlighting Dele Alli and Ryan Mason as further proof of the club's youth policy.

However, he then named three vital players for Spurs, because each of them offer top experience for those young players. Freund picked up Hugo Lloris, injured defender Jan Vertonghen, and playmaker Christian Eriksen for their experience, despite all three players still being in their 20's.

"The game between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham for me is a final - it is difficult to predict who will prevail there," said Freund. "Spurs have now taken a different way; to work more with young English talent. Harry Kane is an incredibly prolific striker. Ryan Mason, Dele Alli have now made ​​a breakthrough."

"The experienced players guide them, such as Hugo Lloris, a very fast goalkeeper, Jan Vertonghen as the head of the defence, and Christian Eriksen, a number ten who has now started to do defensive work too - that's a very talented team," he added.

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