Pochettino braced for biggest game of his career

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino talked up Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash against Manchester City.

Mauricio Pochettino during a Tottenham Hotspur training session.   -  Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino is braced for the biggest match of his managerial career as Tottenham prepare to face Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Pochettino's Tottenham will welcome quadruple-chasing Premier League rival City to its new stadium for Tuesday's opening leg.

City has already won the EFL Cup as it looks to add the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup to this season's haul.

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And Spurs manager Pochettino – who won two Copa del Rey titles during his playing career with Espanyol – talked up Tottenham's showdown against City.

"Yes – as a coach, yes," Pochettino replied when asked if his first Champions League quarterfinal was the biggest game of his life.

"For us it's a bonus to be here, to have the possibility to play in the quarterfinals with all the circumstances, and the objective is to be in the semifinal."

"City are a very, very good team and it's going to be tough, the games against him... sorry, them," Pochettino said.

"We need to start being tough and aggressive, put a high tempo on the game and hope the atmosphere will be tough for our opponents."