Spurs 3-0 Borussia Dortmund - Mauricio's verdict

Spurs 3-0 Borussia Dortmund - Mauricio's verdict

Spurs 3-0 Borussia Dortmund - Mauricio's verdict

Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham are being underestimated after they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. "My players are heroes", he added.

Spurs broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half through Son Heung-Min, who sent a fine volley past Roman Burki from close range.

Asked about Spurs winning again without two of their key players, Pochettino said: "It's good because the expectation when people watch Tottenham is not only to win, it's to see a performance like the dream team of Barcelona with [Johan] Cruyff or Milan of Arrigo Sacchi".

"First half was very, very hard".

"They deserve full credit, a lot of praise because the effort they are doing this season is wonderful".

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

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are still out of action, while Vincent Janssen has not been included in Tottenham's squad for the Champions League knockout rounds.

Despite his failure to win a trophy bringing him under unprecedented scrutiny this season, Mauricio Pochettino remains unfazed and continues to work wonders at Spurs on a shoestring budget.

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.

"3-0 is a very good result but at the same time we have to think that we have to finish the job".

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"In that moment I think we started to feel comfortable too on the bench because we started to play really well".

"The first half was very hard".

Wenger, who long had a reputation as a manager willing to turn to young players, also believes that the amount of money on offer to players like Sancho before they've earned it on the pitch could be hampering their drive to improve.

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

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.

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