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5 talking points from Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund

14 February 2019

Billed as one of the more exciting last-16 ties, the first leg started off a restrained affair as Spurs resolutely held back the Bundesliga leaders in the first half.

The former Gunners boss is now working as a pundit but claims he wanted to bring the England star to London from Manchester as the Frenchman saw the youngster as one of the best players of his generation. They deserve a lot of praise for the effort they are doing this season.

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

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

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.

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Tottenham Hotspur delivered one of the finest halves in their history, scoring three times unanswered after the break against a Borussia Dortmund side who had largely controlled the first half.

He added: "It's only the first leg, it's only the first half of the tie - 3-0 is a very good result but when you have a team like Borussia Dortmund, always you need to respect and we need to think that we need to go to Dortmund with the idea to win".

"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.

Having been let off the hook after a potentially game-changing error by Foyth, Spurs did not pick up from there and continued their wobbly form for nearly the entirety of the first half.

"The first half was very hard".

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"We should have got the ball forward rather than played from the back for their first goal".

"After that we played a bit too hastily". But Tottenham's manager played down the success of his tactics.

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

Suddenly, Dortmund had no answers to Tottenham's high-tempo pressing and it was Vertonghen who was the hosts' unlikely hero in the 83rd minute as he volleyed home from Serge Aurier's cross.

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5 talking points from Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund