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Pochettino inspires Spurs to crush Dortmund 3-0

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Pochettino inspires Spurs to crush Dortmund 3-0

Pochettino inspires Spurs to crush Dortmund 3-0

Mauricio Pochettino's halt-time team talk helped inspire his Tottenham players to a rousing second-half performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, where they crushed the German side 3-0.


Pochettino inspires Spurs to crush Dortmund 3-0



I want to congratulate my players one more time - a massive, massive performance and effort for me it's only the first leg, the first half of the tie.

Of course, 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 go to Dortmund with the idea to win." 2.


(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "Yes, I think the first-half was very, very difficult I think first of all because our feeling was we never feel the confidence to play.

We take some rash decision, we weren't comfortable.

We didn't feel what we planned to play.

And after fixing some problems, showing them some clips ar half-time, and talking a little bit about different positions in offensive and defensive, I think trying to help the performance better of the team.

And we were a little bit lucky because when you score, I think the confidence was a massive boost when Sonny (Son Heung-min) scored." STORY: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was proud of his players for their second-half display against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday (February 13) after they recovered from a poor first-half to crush the German team 3-0.

Defender Jan Vertonghen scored once and set up another goal for Son Heung-min at Wembley Stadium to give Spurs the clear edge following the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.

Pochettino said his side struggled in the first-half but that he showed his players video clips at half-time and encouraged a tactical rethink, leading to a turnaround in their performance.

Tottenham looked unfazed by the absence of injured captain Harry Kane and Dele Alli, scoring all three goals in a strong second half to take control of the tie and leave the Germans on the brink of a European exit.

Belgian Vertonghen notched his first goal in the Champions League with a well-timed volley in the 83rd minute after he had set up forward Son for a 47th minute lead.

Substitute Fernando Llorente grabbed their third in the 86th, two minutes after coming on.

That was Son's ninth goal against Dortmund in 11 matches, with the South Korean, who played in the Bundesliga from 2010-15, having also scored twice in the competition's group stage last season.

Bundesliga leaders Dortmund, eliminated from the German Cup last week, were nowhere to be seen in the second half, with speedy teenager Jadon Sancho given no space to operate after the break.

The return leg is on March 5.

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