UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund 13

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"In the second half we just dropped a bit and lost focus".

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

Despite the healthy advantage going into the second leg on March 5 at Westfalenstadion, Pochettino also warned that progression is far from assured. Of course 3-0 is a very good result but when you have in front a team like Dortmund you always need to respect them. 'I must say they get a lot of money before they have played games, that doesn't improve their hunger.

"To play with one day less recovery, we need to praise them".

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"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.

Lloris ensured the sides went into the break level pegging after the Frenchman did well to keep out Dan-Axel Zagadou's towering header. "There was pressure on him to decide what to do and he wanted to go on play first team football", he added.

He made a couple of good saves, especially in the first half. That was a gift.

Lucas Moura gave Tottenham an early spark when he latched onto Davinson Sanchez's header and smashed a volley just wide from the edge of the area.

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"It was at Wembley too in the Champions League so it was special".

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

Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to his lucky charm Heung-min Son, with Tottenham having won all 13 games in which the South Korean has scored this season.

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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Fernando Llorente managed to cap off a fine win three minutes later by nodding home a cross from Christian Eriksen as Spurs will take a healthy lead into the second leg.