UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund 13

Silvia Morton
February 14, 2019

"We play much better than people assess us sometimes, but you can not fight with the perception of people".

Substitute Fernando Llorente headed Spurs into dreamland three minutes later, and they will take their three-goal lead back to Germany for the second leg on March 5, a result that already looks beyond doubt unless Spurs stage a dramatic collapse.

Tottenham took a giant step towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League with an impressive 3-0 win in the first-leg of their round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund. So many good individual displays spiced Spurs second half performance.

Danny Rose is on the bench, while Harry Kane (ankle), Dele Alli (hamstring), and Ben Davies (groin) are all still in the treatment room.

Pochettino's side had been under the cosh as Dortmund dominated the first half at Wembley, but Hugo Lloris kept them level with a series of fine saves. "Tottenham were the better team", said Sancho.

"Sonny was fantastic again". 'My players are heroes.

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Insisting his players deserved all the praise after emerging from a gruelling schedule with their best result of the season, Pochettino said: "I want to congratulate my players one more time".

'For me, it is only the first leg, it is only the first half of the tie'.

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. Dortmund did the double over Spurs in the 2015/16 Europa League, while Pochettino's men got revenge last season in the Champions League which included a 3-1 win at Wembley.

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

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.

"Jan Vertonghen is technically unbelievable and can play in any position". It was an wonderful result and the players deserve massive praise but we need to think that it's going to be tough to play over there.

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