Real, Spurs win Champions League openers

Carrie Guzman
February 14, 2019

"We play much better than people assess us sometimes, but you can not fight with the perception of people".

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.

Tottenham Hotspur registered a resounding 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League and here are the five talking points from the match.

Reflecting on the second-half improvement from Spurs, Pochettino said: "The first half was very hard".

"Next time when Son scores I'll go to the dressing room and shower and wait for the end of the game", said Pochettino.

Spurs were once again without injured England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli for the Dortmund clash and recovered from a below-par first-half performance to run out resounding winners.

Sancho was Dortmund's standout performer during the first half but Spurs nullified his threat after the restart as they took control of the tie.

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Having started the brighter of the two teams playing at the Wembley, Tottenham Hotspur had been unlucky not to take the lead after seeing a Lucas Moura shot sail wide of the post earlier in the night.

Billed as one of the more exciting last-16 ties, the first leg started off a restrained affair as Spurs resolutely held back the Bundesliga leaders in the first half. 'My players are heroes.

Son volleyed Vertonghen's cross beyond Roman Burki for the opener two minutes into the second half at Wembley.

"His smile, he translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving". It was an awesome result and the players deserve massive praise but we need to think that it's going to be tough to play over there.

Insisting his players deserved all the praise after emerging from a gruelling schedule with their best result of the season, Pochettino said: "I want to congratulate my players one more time".

Yet Skomina called for a VAR check and after a number of replays, ruled that Tadic had been standing in an offside position when the goal was scored.

"I wanted to sign him from Man City when he wasn't getting games", Wenger said.

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