By Phil McNulty
Chief football author at Wembley
Tottenham produced a blinding 2d-half designate to totally dominate Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund and exercise control of this Champions League final 16 tie in the most most notable leg at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino’s facet mounted a outstanding revival to strategy from the crew stage – and so they made the most of that laborious work to assign a ultimate platform to attain the quarter-finals.
Spurs were irresistible after a tight first half, Son Heung-min breaking the deadlock two minutes after the interval with an aspect-foot volley from Jan Vertonghen’s inferior.
Dortmund, regarded by many as favourites with Spurs missing injured talisman Harry Kane as smartly as Dele Alli, failed to answer and the dwelling facet rammed dwelling their superiority in the final 10 minutes.
The prominent Vertonghen slid in on Serge Aurier’s offer and change Fernando Llorente headed in Christian Eriksen’s advance-put up nook – with Spurs furthermore retaining a smartly-organized sheet to improve their chance of progressing.
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Spurs dig deep to gain inspiration
How would per chance perchance somebody underestimate the unravel of this Spurs facet after the scheme by which they’ve stored tempo with Premier League tempo-setters Manchester City and Liverpool without any squad strengthening and recent injuries to key figures Kane and Alli?
They survived a fierce first half, when keeper Hugo Lloris saved crucially from Dan-Axel Zagadou’s header, to gain themselves for a sustained 2d-half assault.
And there were heroes to be found some distance and wide as Spurs’ defence used to be so assured and your complete facet so smartly-drilled that Dortmund barely threatened after the damage.
Son has risen beautifully to the extra responsibility thrust upon him by Kane’s absence while Vertonghen used to be impressed in all areas, no longer finest in his accustomed defensive dilemma however extra forward as he created one aim and scored another.
Spurs would per chance perchance maintain settled for a one-aim lead had it been accompanied by a smartly-organized sheet. To ranking three without reply is dreamland and makes them big favourites for the 2d leg in Dortmund on 5 March.
Disappointment for Dortmund’s younger weapons
Hundreds of eyes were on two younger talents in the Dortmund line-up, with 18-year-frequent Jadon Sancho a huge future England hope and 20-year-frequent Christian Pulisic on his methodology to Chelsea in the summertime in a £58m deal.
This used to be no longer the evening to invent any serious judgement as Dortmund were someway overpowered by Spurs.
Sancho, who delayed Dortmund’s flight to London by forgetting his passport, showed flashes of tempo and quality in the most most notable half however disappeared from glance as Spurs assumed total control.
Pulisic used to be a peripheral figure in some unspecified time in the future of and it’s sure he’ll come at Stamford Bridge very unheard of as a piece in development.
Alternatively, the skill is definite and so they’d restful pose a huge risk when the groups meet again in Germany.
Man of the match – Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
‘The appropriate topic is that we can finest play 11 and no longer 22’ – what they talked about
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told BT Sport: “It used to be an improbable 2d half. The first half used to be sophisticated. It used to be a cultured sport from the starting up. It used to be sophisticated to gain what the relevant dilemma used to be in both directions.
“After we had the ball we struggled to play in the methodology we wished to play. The team began to feel overjoyed, then we scored. And afterwards we performed with more self belief.
“In the most most notable half we performed a cramped bit – no longer nervously – however no longer with the boldness. The 2d half used to be very, very appropriate.
“We spoke about our defensive positions and adjusted issues a cramped bit. Most steadily it works and each so steadily it would no longer. I wished to exercise the relevant decision to invent in the relevant methodology. It used to be an improbable sport.
“Continuously when we play this competitors and in opposition to a appropriate facet fancy Dortmund it is rather sophisticated. There might be restful work to invent.
“Now we maintain so much of proficient gamers. Now we maintain an improbable squad. I’m at ease with the total gamers. The appropriate topic is that we can finest play 11 and no longer 22.”
Son shines again – the stats
- This used to be Tottenham’s joint-biggest Champions League victory, a hit by a 3-aim margin for the fifth time in the competitors.
- This used to be the fifth time Borussia Dortmund misplaced 3-0 in a Champions League sport, equalling their biggest defeat in the competitors.
- Tottenham grew to become the most most notable English facet to gain a dwelling Champions League knockout sport in opposition to German opponents since Manchester United beat Schalke in the 2010-11 semi-final.
- Fernando Llorente scored appropriate two minutes and 26 seconds after coming off the bench for Spurs.
- Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has scored 9 targets in 11 games in all competitions in opposition to Borussia Dortmund, more than he has in opposition to any diversified facet in his senior club profession.
- Son Heung-min has been directly fervent in 16 targets in his previous 12 appearances for Spurs in all competitions (11 targets, five assists).
- Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho grew to become the seventh Englishman to play in opposition to an English facet for a non-British club in the Champions League.
- Jan Vertonghen scored and assisted in the identical sport for correct the 2d time in his Tottenham profession, furthermore doing so v Swansea in March 2013.
There just isn’t any longer any FA Cup for Tottenham this weekend so their next match is a visit to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, 23 February (12:30 GMT). Dortmund are lend a hand in Bundesliga action on Monday away at Nuremberg (19:30 GMT). The return leg of the Champions League tie is on 5 March.