At an altitude of 36,000 feet, news of the draw in Nyon reached the team and officials. Spontaneous cheering erupted on board the Airbus A320. “There will be two great evenings of football at White Hart Lane and at Signal Iduna Park,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke regarding the news. Here are the comments on the draw.
Hans-Joachim Watzke (Chairman and CEO): “A fantastic opponent. There will be two great evenings of football at White Hart Lane and at Signal Iduna Park. We are looking forward to both encounters.”
Michael Zorc (Sporting Director): “Tottenham are the most difficult side that we could have been up against, but it’s also a hugely appealing fixture.”
Thomas Tuchel (Head Coach): “I think it’s a golden opportunity; very difficult but also hugely appealing. We are looking forward to two exciting matches. On a personal level I’m looking forward to meeting a special Coach and I’m already looking forward to the amazing atmosphere in the return leg at White Hart Lane.”
Mats Hummels (Captain): “It’s a golden opportunity, everything that we had imagined in the Europa League and the next crunch encounter after Porto. We are very happy with the draw. I think we’ve got a good chance of progressing, but to do so we have to produce the goods”.