Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Spurs boss hails Spurs ‘heroes’ after Dortmund triumph

Spurs boss hails Spurs ‘heroes’ after Dortmund triumph

"The first half we played really well".

Substitute Llorente applied the icing on the cake for Tottenham three minutes later as he glanced in a header at the near post from a Christian Eriksen corner kick to send the Wembley crowd into a frenzy, sealing Spurs' second-ever knockout stage Champions League win.

Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (R) shoots to score the opening goal past Dortmund's Swiss goalkeeper Roman Buerki (L) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium in London on February 13, 2019.

"It's not finished, we have to focus on the second game too".

They were also denied a first-half opener when Nicolas Tagliafico headed home but for the first time in Champions League history, the goal was ruled out after Slovenian referee Damir Skomina checked with the VAR and Dusan Tadic was judged offside. Pochettino also got his players to get closer to Jadon Sancho, and the England worldwide was subdued in the second period.

"Son was fantastic again, he's doing fantastic".

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Spurs did not manage a single shot on target in the first period of their round-of-16 clash against the Bundesliga leaders, but they took the lead through Son Heung-min moments after the break.

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. We need to go to Dortmund with the idea to win".

Son opened the scoring, meaning he now has four goals in his last four games since returning from the Asian Cup, before Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente completed the scoreline. But Tottenham's manager played down the success of his tactics.

"Jan is technically unbelievable and can play in any position".

Working as a pundit for beIN sport, the ex-Gunners boss said: "I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn't get a game". 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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