Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is backing Borussia Dortmund to beat Tottenham in the Champions League.
Speaking to Kicker, as reported by the London Evening Standard, Mertesacker explains how the Bundesliga leaders can use their winter break to their advantage.
The two sides meet at Wembley on Wednesday and the former Arsenal defender believes Dortmund will come out on top.
I’ve personally experienced what it’s like when the most intense month is December, when your body actually has to shut down to be fit for the crucial games in April, May.
That’s why the English record in the last sixteen is so weak, the German clubs have to exploit that factor and keep up the pace, and they should not be intimidated.
Dortmund have enjoyed a midseason break, while Tottenham’s schedule has been as hectic as ever.
Neither team are without their injuries. Both Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be missing for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, while Marco Reus will not be featuring for Dortmund.
A lot of the focus will no doubt be on England international Jadon Sancho upon his return to Wembley.
The former Manchester City winger will be eager to leave his mark on the Champions League against Premier League opposition.