Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: 3 Reasons why Spurs came out on top
Heung-min Son continued his rich vein of form as Spurs defeated a strong Dortmund team at the Wembley. Harry Kane’s injury which was seen as a big roadblock for Spurs to achieve their targets this season has been forgotten off as the players have responded to Pochettino’s call for increased intensity.
Jadon Sancho provided a glimpse of a star football player in the making and Gareth Southgate would be the happiest man coming out of Wembley. Vertonghen and Llorente scored two late goals to give Spurs an added advantage going into the away leg.
Son was appreciated by his manager in the post-match press conference as Spurs always win when he scores. He is currently the most influential player in the Premier League according to the stats.
Here are the three reasons why Spurs came out on top in this tough encounter.
#1 Controlling the midfield
Moussa Sissoko, who just 1 year ago was considered as surplus to requirement has taken his game to the next level. His partnership with Harry Winks in the middle of the park gave Tottenham the much-needed control in the game to dictate play.
Winks is a no-nonsense player. His passing accuracy is extraordinary though he seldom creates chances for the forward men. He played a simple, yet effective game and gave the ball to Sissoko to unleash those physical runs at the opponents.
Pochettino deserves praise for trusting Sissoko’s abilities and giving him chance to prove his talent. Dele Alli was missed throughout the game but Sissoko more than compensated for the loss by contributing to the attacking play alongside Eriksen. It was a huge setback for Dortmund as at 1-0 the tie looked to be in their favor but the last 2 goals completely changed the scenario.