Spurs 3-0 Borussia Dortmund - Mauricio's verdict

Jadon Sancho

A breathtaking second-half display saw Tottenham overwhelm Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium - and take a 3-0 lead to Germany for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 showdown.

The South Korea global found the net for the fourth successive game, helping Spurs take a commanding lead in their last-16 tie. My players are heroes, whatever happens, they deserve full credit and a lot of praise.

Dortmund boss Lucien Favre bemoaned his team's collapse, saying: "The start of the second half we gave it away". Pochettino also got his players to get closer to Jadon Sancho, and the England global was subdued in the second period. "What they are doing this season is incredible".

"The first half was very hard, first of all because we never felt the confidence to play", said Pochettino post match. "We are happy now, but there is still a lot of work to do", said Pochettino.

Although Tottenham still have to survive the second leg at Signal Iduna Park on March 5, they have a golden opportunity to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2011.

The win was Spurs' fourth in a row in all competitions, all of which have been achieved without injured duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

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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.

"The first half we played really well".

"The first half was very hard. And after that we tried but played a bit too hastily".

Wenger, who long had a reputation as a manager willing to turn to young players, also believes that the amount of money on offer to players like Sancho before they've earned it on the pitch could be hampering their drive to improve.

When Vertonghen swung over a cross from the left, Dortmund's defence were out of position for the first time all night and Son timed his run perfectly behind Zagadou to caress a fine volley past Roman Burki.

Vertonghen then scored himself in the 83d minute as he connected with a ball from Serge Aurier, while Dortmund were reeling three minutes later when substitute Fernando Llorente headed in a corner from Christian Eriksen.

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