Monday, 18 February, 2019

5 talking points from Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho Sancho scored Dortmund's first as they surrendered a 3-0 lead to draw with Hoffenheim on Saturday
Cassandra Castillo | 14 February, 2019, 07:23

"We should have got the ball forward rather than played from the back for their first goal".

Tottenham were rampant and Llorente completed a memorable night when he glanced a close-range header past Burki from Christian Eriksen's corner three minutes later.

Jan Vertonghen has saluted a strong Borussia Dortmund outfit, but hailed a special night at Wembley after Tottenham Hotspur ran out 3-0 winners to take control of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

"We were able to keep them quiet in the second half and they weren't able to be clinical".

"Next time when Son scores I'll go to the dressing room and shower and wait for the end of the game", said Pochettino.

In the absence of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, the focus has fallen on Son and he has not shirked the responsibility, with his 47th-minute strike against Dortmund setting them on their way to an impressive victory on Wednesday.

Pochettino was keen to praise 21-year-old defender Juan Foyth, who made only his second Champions League appearance and helped to deny Dortmund an away goal.

"His smile, he translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving".

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"The players deserve all the credit because they were fantastic".

Billed as one of the more exciting last-16 ties, the first leg started off a restrained affair as Spurs resolutely held back the Bundesliga leaders in the first half.

After a fairly evenly-played but goalless first half, Son scored just over a minute after the break with a superb volleyed finish from Vertonghen's pinpoint accurate cross.

Having had their own issues with injury and player unavailability in recent times, Tottenham Hotspur had been all but dismissed by the critics as no-hopers, both in terms of the title race as well as the Champions League.

Working as a pundit for beIN sport, the ex-Gunners boss said: "I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn't get a game".

"Jan Vertonghen is technically unbelievable and can play in any position".

"That is very good, we feel very proud when people expect that from our performance, but sometimes people underestimate us".

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