Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that last night’s eventful 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund will be a massive confidence boost ahead of what promises to be a tough Champions League campaign for Spurs.
An explosive opening 15 minutes saw Son, Yarmolenko and Kane each finding the net with three wonder-strikes, and despite some domination from Dortmund, Tottenham held on to their 2-1 lead until the end of the first 45 minutes.
After arguably two perfectly valid goals were chalked off for the German outfit, Kane bagged his second of the night mid-way through the second half, clinching a huge 3 points for Tottenham, as well as the club’s first Wembley win of the season.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino suggested that last night’s result will have an enormous effect on the team’s confidence going into their next few games not only in Europe, but at the national stadium too.
“I think it was massive, massive, to start that way with three points today.” He said, according to The Evening Standard. “I think it means more than three points.”
“It was a difficult display because many things happened around the team, but I think it was so important to get the three points against a fantastic team like Borussia Dortmund that have unbelievable players.”
“It is massive for our confidence, it is massive to help engage everyone. We need time to improve we need time to learn and be better.”
The Argentine highlighted Tottenham’s second half performance in his appraisal of the game, stating that he felt the team had taken the game by the scruff of the neck and ultimately had proceedings ‘under control’ after the break.
“We are only early in the season but we are happy.” He added.
“It is true that the game was so tough, they dominated and it was a tough first half for us, but I think in the second half we increased our level and then the game was under control.”
“I think it was a tough game and it is an important win when you do not dominate the opening to show different strengths in the team.”
Singing from the same hymn sheet was Tottenham’s talisman Harry Kane, who declared that the victory was a sign of the experience the team has gained from last season’s campaign, which produced just 7 points and only 1 win at home.
“It’s a massive win,” Kane told BT Sport. “Nights like this at Wembley, we have to take advantage of it.”
“Last season our downfall was the games at home. It was a more experienced performance from us tonight.”
“In the Champions League you have to be smart. You can’t always press teams on a big pitch, we took advantage on the counter-attack and exploited the space they left in behind.”
Tottenham’s next Wembley outing comes on Saturday evening, where Spurs play host to struggling Swansea City in the Premier League.
Whereas the Champions League journey continues on the 26th of September for Tottenham, away to Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia before back-to-back ties against Spanish giants Real Madrid.