Mauricio Pochettino salutes Son and Spurs ‘heroes’ after Dortmund win | Football
Mauricio Pochettino saluted his talismanic goalscorer Son Heung-min after the Tottenham ahead helped to transport the workforce to inside of touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Son volleyed Spurs right into a 47th-minute lead in opposition to Borussia Dortmund at Wembley within the first leg of the last-16 tie earlier than overdue objectives from the stop-gap left wing-back, Jan Vertonghen, and the unreal Fernando Llorente sealed a memorable Three-Zero win.
Son has now scored 16 objectives in all competitions – he has 11 in his final 12 suits – and, each time he has discovered the web this season, Spurs have gained. “Next time when Son scores, I go to the dressing-room, shower and wait for the game [to end],” Pochettino stated with a grin. “Sonny was fantastic again. He translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving.”
If Son was once superb, Vertonghen was once even higher. After a tricky first-half, the Belgian laid on Son’s target with a precision go earlier than banging house a volley of his personal. Pochettino had sprung a tactical wonder through naming Jan Foyth as a part of a again 3 – with Vertonghen large left – and following a couple of half-time tweaks his workforce extremely joyful lots of the 71,214 in attendance with their second-half appearing.
Vertonghen stated: “It was once my first target because the first recreation this season [at Newcastle] and I needed to stay up for goal-line era then, so I used to be satisfied that I may just simply move to have a good time this time. It was once at Wembley and within the Champions League, so it was once particular. We have been in a position to stay Dortmund quiet in the second one 1/2 and they weren’t in a position to be medical. The recreation modified within the second-half.”
It was once Spurs’ 22nd fit in 81 days in all competitions – a punishing time table – however Pochettino stated he would now praise his gamers with a couple of days off as their subsequent recreation isn’t till Saturday week at Burnley. “My players are heroes. The team is there; fighting, getting results. They deserve full credit. The effort they are doing is fantastic.”