Pulisic: Dortmund 'mentality' to blame for Tottenham defeat


Goals from Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente secured a memorable win for Tottenham in their Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund.

Heung-min Son is set to be handed a bumper Tottenham pay-rise. "After that we sometimes played too hastily".

Forget Harry Kane, forget Dele Alli, Son is Tottenham's lucky charm at the moment.

The Daily Mail says he is in line for a second pay rise inside 12 months as reward for his sensational season for Tottenham.

Bundesliga leaders Dortmund, eliminated from the German Cup last week, were nowhere to be seen in the second half, with speedy teenager Jadon Sancho given no space to operate after the break. We deserved the victory in the end. "The first half was hard".

"We've got to win the second leg before we can even look at how far we can go". We didn't come out with that lockdown mentality where [we think]: 'We need to finish this game with zero goals against and then we have a good chance'.

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After being informed that Spurs always triumph this season when the 26-year-old scores, Pochettino was quick to praise the in-form forward during his post-match press conference.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said that he showed his players video clips at half-time to remind them of the game plan, and his team talk quickly produced results as Son scored the crucial opener in the 47th minute. He's a player that provides the team with a lot of very good things.

The first half of the first-leg, round-of-16 match at Wembley Stadium was scoreless as Dortmund put heavy pressure on Tottenham, but Son broke the deadlock just two minutes into the second half, striking the ball past goalkeeper Roman Bürki after collecting a flawless cross from Jan Vertonghen.

Indeed, the Blues have lost their last three league games away from home 2-0, 4-0, and 6-0.

"I'm so happy for him, he was fantastic today", said the Argentine of his young countryman.

"It had been a while since I'd come off the bench to score, so it was satisfying, and all the more so that it was Champions League".