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

Aubrey Yates
February 14, 2019

Dortmund have arrived in England and will train at Wembley on Tuesday before the first leg of the last-16 tie.

Son was not alone in earning Pochettino's praise, however, as the Spurs boss was ecstatic at the team's performance following a tough Premier League fixture against Leicester City on Sunday.

Having started the brighter of the two teams playing at the Wembley, Tottenham Hotspur had been unlucky not to take the lead after seeing a Lucas Moura shot sail wide of the post earlier in the night.

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

It was an especially impressive success for Pochettino given he was without the injured Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Ben Davies.

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The sides will meet again in Germany on March 5 and Pochettino warned Spurs not to take their place in the quarter-finals for granted after a host of dramatic comebacks in the Champions League in recent seasons.

He added: "It's only the first leg, it's only the first half of the tie - 3-0 is a very good result but when you have a team like Borussia Dortmund, always you need to respect and we need to think that we need to go to Dortmund with the idea to win. If it was a different result, people might say I'm the worst coach in the world", he said.

This provided them with the base to score two more goals, inspite of what was a disastrous first-half showing. But Tottenham's manager played down the success of his tactics.

Lloris made a superb save to deny Dortmund on the stroke of half-time as Dan-Axel Zagadou met Sancho's cross with a header that the Tottenham captain clawed out at full stretch.

Vertonghen then scored himself in the 83d minute as he connected with a ball from Serge Aurier, while Dortmund were reeling three minutes later when substitute Fernando Llorente headed in a corner from Christian Eriksen.

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