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Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund: A clash of Europeandapos;s best breeding grounds for English talent

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German clubs may now be turning to English shores in search of the next big star but Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has shown how faith in academy graduates can reap rewards.

Ahead of Tottenham and Dortmund's Champions League last-16 tie, Standard Sport's Vaishali Bhardwaj looked at why German clubs are so keen on prizing away England's most promising young talents and why Pochettino has succeeded in keeping hold of them at Tottenham.

Tottenham currently sit in third place in the standings - just five points behind leaders Manchester City - despite failing to bolster their squad in a year, which is a first for an English team since the transfer windows were introduced in 2003.

The desire to play regular first-team football at a young age is one reason why former Tottenham target Jadon Sancho left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund, where he has flourished into a key member of a side who lead the Bundesliga title race by five points.

Spurs have come a long way since Pochettino took charge of the club in 2014, with the north Londoners now regularly playing in the Champions League and Premier League title races.

It's the kind of situation that young English prospects would love to find themselves in - playing under a manager who isn't afraid or hesitant of promoting such talent.

Dortmund technical director Michael Zorc recently revealed that Bundesliga are now looking to English academies for talent because they are of a higher quality than their German counterparts.
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