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Tony Cascarino predicts Tottenham's chances of progressing from Champions League group stage

Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea reacts as Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and...

Tottenham Hotspur are pitted in a strong group alongside Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea reacts as Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and...

Former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino believes that Tottenham Hotspur can reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

The 2017/18 Champions League group stage draw was made on Thursday, and Spurs were pitted in a strong group alongside Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Apoel.

Real Madrid, the reigning European champions, are hot favourites to top Group H, and the real contest will be between Spurs and Dortmund for the second spot.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017 in London, England.

Cascarino says that Spurs couldn’t cross the group stages last season when they had an easy group, but a difficult group could help them as expectations will be lower.

Tottenham are expected to take full points against Apoel, but their ‘real’ challenge will be to take a point off Madrid at Wembley or upset Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion.

Cascarino believes that Spurs have the potential to do both but they’re inexperienced. He adds that with an extra bit of luck and fans getting behind the team, could help them taking the second spot ahead of Dortmund.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur FC during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017 in London, England.

"Of course Madrid will top the group and it’s likely Tottenham will be in a fight with Dortmund for second place," wrote Cascarino for The Times

"Can they take a point off Madrid at home? Can they upset Dortmund at the intimidating Westfalenstadion? Mauricio Pochettino’s team can do both but they are inexperienced and their squad isn’t blessed with strength.

"Verdict: With injuries, luck and the crowd on their side Tottenham can pinch second."

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