UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund 13

UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund 13

UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund 13

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.

"My players are heroes".

Spurs will travel to Germany next month with a commanding 3-0 advantage following second-half strikes from Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and substitute Fernando Llorente at Wembley.

Asked about Spurs winning again without two of their key players, Pochettino said: "It's good because the expectation when people watch Tottenham is not only to win, it's to see a performance like the dream team of Barcelona with [Johan] Cruyff or Milan of Arrigo Sacchi".

The timing of the first goal was very important, the cross was unreal.

"They deserve full credit, a lot of praise because the effort they are doing this season is fantastic".

That set the stage for a sublime second half from Tottenham, who were sparked into life by a fine finish from South Korea forward Son Heung-min.

Despite his failure to win a trophy bringing him under unprecedented scrutiny this season, Mauricio Pochettino remains unfazed and continues to work wonders at Spurs on a shoestring budget.

"In that moment I think we started to feel comfortable too on the bench because we started to play really well".

It was an especially impressive success for Pochettino given he was without the injured Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Ben Davies.

"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 was very hard".

"They get a lot of money before they have played games. And after that we tried but played a bit too hastily".

Having had their own issues with injury and player unavailability in recent times, Tottenham Hotspur had been all but dismissed by the critics as no-hopers, both in terms of the title race as well as the Champions League.

Sancho has had a stunning first full season in the first team at Borussia Dortmund.

Despite being pushed back for much of the first half, Tottenham had refused to surrender and their perseverance was rewarded in the 47th minute.

However, the North London outfit doubled their lead with seven minutes remaining as Serge Aurier whipped a cross into the box where Jan Vertonghen was on hand to head home.

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