Friday, 15 February, 2019

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

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Kristopher Love | 14 February, 2019, 07:23

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.

Pochettino was keen to praise 21-year-old defender Juan Foyth, who made only his second Champions League appearance and helped to deny Dortmund an away goal. Jan Vertonghen was vast at left wing back, Christian Eriksen really grew into the game and the key man was Son Heung-min.

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen capped his own powerful performance when he swept in their second goal in the closing stages and substitute Fernando Llorente's late third put the seal on a remarkable result. "We are happy now, but there is still a lot of work to do", said Pochettino.

"3-0 is a very good result but at the same time we have to think that we have to finish the job".

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.

Pochettino devised a clever game-plan that eventually frustrated Dortmund and secured Tottenham's first ever Champions League knockout-round win at home. "We showed that, Fernando came on too and scored an important goal", said Son, who hailed the impact of Vertonghen from an unfamiliar left wing-back role.

"So I must say for these boys it's a test because they are rich before they play".

Lloris ensured the sides went into the break level pegging after the Frenchman did well to keep out Dan-Axel Zagadou's towering header.

"We were a little bit lucky because when Son scored it was a massive boost to our confidence".

Reflecting on the second-half improvement from Spurs, Pochettino said: "The first half was very hard".

Despite having the better of things in the first-half, Borussia Dortmund couldn't live with the onslaught Tottenham provided in the second period, as the German side were victims of a high-pressing approach.