Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is full of praise for his players after the convincing victory at Borussia Dortmund. The German club was Wednesday, in the eighth finals of the Champions League with 3-0.
“My players are heroes. People underestimate us,” said a euphoric Pochettino after the match at Wembley, where Heung-Min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente scored.
“This team knokt for each meter, and deserves all the praise. It is great what they are doing. I am extremely proud. We have an incredible selection. The only problem is that I was there but eleven may establish.”
After a half time result of 0-0 in the second half from Tottenham-Dortmund. Former following his departure to chelsea Vertonghen was the big man, because in addition to his goal he provided the assist on the opening goal of Son.
Pochettino had at Wembley still to do without star players Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who with an injury camps.
Fernando Llorente creates the third goal for Tottenham Hotspur-Borussia Dortmund. (Photo: ProShots)
“For peace we played without self-confidence’
In the rest of the duel with Dortmund was Pochettino not happy. The 46-year-old Argentine saw that his team is not the level offered that he had in mind.
“In the first half we had the heavy. We played without confidence, took hasty decisions and carried our battle plan is not good,” said the Spurs’manager.
“In the break we have solved that by what images to show and talk about the positions in the defense and the attack. We also had some luck, because the self-confidence increases after a goal. That has helped us.”
Favre frustrated by second half
Dortmund-coach Lucien Favre was satisfied with the first half than the game of his team after resting. “We played well in the first half and had opportunities. Both defensively as offensively was the good in each other,” he said.
“But at the beginning of the second half, we gave too much away. There benefited the opponent. Then we had a very difficult time. It was becoming increasingly difficult for us to keep possession of the ball to keep up and to create something.”
The other Champions League match from Wednesday night, Ajax-Real Madrid, ended in 1-2. The return of both competitions is on Tuesday 5 march.
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