Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said “people underestimate us” and called his players “heroes” after they beat Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League last-16 first leg. Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente scored as Spurs dominated the second half at Wembley.
“The team is fighting. I am so proud,” said Pochettino. “They deserve full credit. What they are doing is amazing.” Spurs completed an unlikely turnaround to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition having collected only one point from their first three group games. They were without top goalscorer Harry Kane and midfielder Dele Alli at Wembley on Wednesday but still managed to beat a Dortmund side who have reached this stage in the Champions League in five of the past six seasons.
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,” said Pochettino.