Spurs will take a commanding lead into the second-leg of their Champions League last 16 tie after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley Stadium.
"It was a massive victory for us and the players deserve all the credit".
The game really opened up after the opening goal, but Dortmund were unable to mount any serious openings at goal as Spurs enjoyed a lion's share of the possesion.
"Son was fantastic again, he's doing fantastic".
Before Wednesday, Tottenham, playing without injured captain Harry Kane and Dele Alli, had never won a home match in the knockout stage of the competition and Lucas Moura came close with a fine shot in the seventh minute. "They win the possibility to have a few days off", he said.
Spurs needed just two minutes after the restart to pull ahead when Heung-Min Son neatly sidefooted a volley into the back of the net, Vertonghen the provider with a well-timed cross.
The Bundesliga leaders, who were eliminated from the German Cup last week, were nowhere to be seen in the second half, with speedy teenager Jadon Sancho given no space to operate after the break.
"To play with one day less recovery, we need to praise them. He's got the character and belief that he's one of the best players". His smile, he translates good energy and his performance in every single game is improving and improving. But Tottenham's manager played down the success of his tactics.
Mauricio said: "I'm so happy but it's only the first leg and we need to finish the job".
"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.
Yet Skomina called for a VAR check and after a number of replays, ruled that Tadic had been standing in an offside position when the goal was scored.