Pochettino praises Tottenham 'heroes' after 3-0 victory over Dortmund

Champions League opponents Spurs and Borussia Dortmund are similar teams with diverging priorities

Champions League opponents Spurs and Borussia Dortmund are similar teams with diverging priorities

He was five when that happened.

Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur extended his scoring streak since his return to the team from Asian Cup duty in late January to four games with a goal against Borussia Dortmund during a Champions League match in London on Wednesday. And when the dust had settled on a memorable 3-0 win, nobody felt the elation more than him. We didn't feel what we planned to play.

"Today it's 3-0 and maybe everyone says, "Oh, fantastic decision", or maybe if it's a different result I'm the worst coach in the world", he said. "Obviously we're going to watch the film back".

Heung-min Son volleyed Spurs ahead after two minutes, with Jan Vertonghen then capping off a fine performance with a goal to follow his assist.


"It had been a while since I'd come off the bench to score, so it was satisfying, and all the more so that it was Champions League". The manager prizes Winks's composure in pressure situations, his ability to set the tempo with his passing and against Dortmund he got the team moving.

"It's only the first leg, the first half of the tie". This was a magnificent, clever, dynamic 45 minutes from Spurs, taking them to within touching distance of the quarter-finals.

High-profile mistakes from Hugo Lloris cost his side dear, particularly for the opening goal in Barca's 4-2 win at Wembley and when the French captain was sent off for a rash challenge with Spurs leading 2-1 in Eindhoven. He wanted us - from the defenders to the attackers - to be as compact as possible and to press as a unit.

"The balance is the most important thing".


The Spurs' boss kept his faith in young 21-year-old Juan Foyth, who formed part of an unmoved back three and was gifted a three-goal advantage with no reply. When they got on top this time, they tightened their grip.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said that he showed his players video clips at half-time to remind them of the game plan, and his team talk quickly produced results as Son scored the crucial opener in the 47th minute. We have to be on it from minute one to full time.

"We've learned a lot; we've taken a lot on board".

The second leg will take place in Dortmund on March 5. They've won the possibility to have a few days off.


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