Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mauricio Pochettino's half-time video session prepared Tottenham for second-half barrage

Mauricio Pochettino's half-time video session prepared Tottenham for second-half barrage

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, whatever happens, they deserve full credit and a lot of praise.

His link-up with Pulisic, Gotze et al was a joy to behold and although he faded away like his team in second-half as Spurs took control, he certainly gave people the bang for their buck.

Dortmund's rapier attacks were led by teenager Jadon Sancho, who left Manchester City to join Dortmund in 2017 without ever playing for the Premier League team.

"First half was very, very hard. What they are doing this season is fantastic".

Mauricio said: "I'm so happy but it's only the first leg and we need to finish the job".

"I'm so happy for him, he was fantastic today", said the Argentine of his young countryman.

The sides will meet again in Germany on March 5 and Pochettino warned Spurs not to take their place in the quarter-finals for granted after a host of dramatic comebacks in the Champions League in recent seasons. When you are in front of a team like Borussia Dortmund, you have to show respect.

The win was Spurs' fourth in a row in all competitions, all of which have been achieved without injured duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

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

This provided them with the base to score two more goals, inspite of what was a disastrous first-half showing.

"They get a lot of money before they have played games".

"After that we played a bit too hastily".

England winger Sancho hit top gear on several occasions in a mesmerising first-half display, leaving two Tottenham midfielders for dead and linking with Pulisic, whose shot was blocked at the last minute.

Despite being pushed back for much of the first half, Tottenham had refused to surrender and their perseverance was rewarded in the 47th minute.

Vertonghen then scored himself in the 83d minute as he connected with a ball from Serge Aurier, while Dortmund were reeling three minutes later when substitute Fernando Llorente headed in a corner from Christian Eriksen.

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