tottenham manager: “people underestimate us”

14:00    14 Feb 2019

Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur manager Maurico Pochettino has labelled his players “heroes” after they crushed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente scored as Spurs claimed an emphatic win at Wembley in the first leg of their last 16 tie against the Bundesliga leaders.

"The team is fighting. I am so proud," said Pochettino after the match. "They deserve full credit. What they are doing is amazing."

Spurs’ turnaround in the Champions League has been incredible: having claimed just one point from their opening three group stage matches, they are now on the verge of reaching the final eight.

In addition, their 3-0 win over Dortmund came in the absence of key men Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who are both sidelined with injury.

South Korean forward Son - who has scored four goals in as many games since his return from the Asian Cup - gave Tottenham a "massive boost" by scoring the first goal, said Pochettino.

"Son was fantastic again. I think he is a player that provides the team with a lot of things," explained the manager.

"He has a smile and has lots of energy. His performances every game are improving and improving."

Despite their strong position in the tie, Pochettino still believes there is "a lot of work to do" to progress to the quarterfinals.

The second leg is on 5 March at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion in Germany.

"3-0 is a very good result but at the same time I think we need to think that we need to finish the job," added Pochettino.

"Always when we play this competition and against a good side like Dortmund it is very difficult."
 

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