Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has shared his opinion to the ongoing debate over why Premier League sides underperform in the Champions League. Spurs are set to take on Borussia Dortmund tomorrow night for their Group H opener.
It’s no secret that English teams have suffered in the Champions League of late. In fact, since 2012 just two English clubs have reached the semi-finals of the competition.
Considering the wealth of talented players and managers in the Premier League, fans and pundits alike continue to wonder why Spanish, German and Italian teams fare much better in the top European competition. Mauricio Pochettino has his own theory.
Pochettino said: “The Premier League is the principal competition for every player that plays in the Premier League,”
“The feeling in Italy is that the Champions League is the most important competition in the world, but in English culture the Premier League is the most important. And the FA Cup.”
Adding: “In Spain or Italy they prioritise the Champions League rather than the domestic league. And the teams at another [lower] level prioritise the Europa League rather than the domestic league. That is massive.”
Spurs take on Borussia Dortmund tomorrow (Sept 13) at 19:45pm.