Mauricio Pochettino salutes Son and Spurs ‘heroes’ after Dortmund win

Lynette Rowe
February 14, 2019

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

Tottenham were rampant and Llorente completed a memorable night when he glanced a close-range header past Burki from Christian Eriksen's corner three minutes later.

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.

"The first half was very hard, first of all because we never felt the confidence to play", said Pochettino post match.

With Dele Alli and Harry Kane in contention to return for second leg, there must be serious optimism about their prospects in this tournament.

Sancho was Dortmund's standout performer during the first half but Spurs nullified his threat after the restart as they took control of the tie. 'He was fantastic again.

"Always when you play in this type of competition against a very good side like Dortmund it is hard", said the Argentine.

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Tottenham's next game is in a weekend's time following their elimination from the FA Cup, when they play Burnley away from home on February 23 in the Premier League.

"They dropped off a bit then that early goal in the second half helped".

"We need to go out there knowing it's going to be so tough and we need to perform like we performed today, in our best way and try to think that we need to win the next game if we want to be in the next stage of the Champions League". But Tottenham's manager played down the success of his tactics.

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.

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.

"That is very good, we feel very proud when people expect that from our performance, but sometimes people underestimate us".

'The second thing is the pressure form all the clubs.I say that freely because I wanted to take him from City when he didn't get the games.

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