Tottenham face a test of their professionalism in Dortmund | David Hytner

Spurs’ three-goal advantage should be enough for them to advance in the Champions League if they avoid complacency

Roman centurions mingled easily with the Super Mario Brothers and it was a lot of fun picking through the numerous other costumes. All the while the bass thumped and the drinks flowed. It was Dortmund, Jim, but not as we know it. “Everybody dresses up and just goes crazy,” said one barman. “Alcohol is basically essential.”

Welcome to Rosenmontag – or Rose Monday – and the scene that greeted Tottenham’s travelling support and players before Tuesday night’s Champions League last-16 second leg with Borussia Dortmund. It is one of the biggest celebrations of the German carnival – marked before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent – and in the predominantly Catholic Rhineland in western Germany it is big box office. The original name comes from the German dialect word roose, which means to frolic or romp and, where the town’s football team is concerned, there has not been too much of that for a while.

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