It will be difficult to beat Aston Villa, says Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld

Birmingham: Mauricio Pochettino's decision to rest several key players for Tottenham's Europa League loss at Borussia Dortmund will be tested when his side visit Aston Villa today.

Spurs' Toby Alderweireld
Spurs' Toby Alderweireld

Pochettino opted to name a weakened team for the the tie in Germany. The resulting 3-0 defeat prompted criticism of the Tottenham manager, who clearly prioritised Villa clash this weekend when his side could move to within two points of Leicester.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld admits they must respond to the Dortmund loss. "Everyone is disappointed after Dortmund, but then the focus is on Sunday. It's good to have a game quickly.

Everyone will expect us to win but it will be a difficult game and it will be tough to beat them. We will need to concentrate and play at a high level otherwise it will be difficult. We have to be focused and be at the top of our game. If we lack a little, it will end up being a very difficult game for us."

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