Dortmund boss explains what went wrong against Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Borussia Dortmund have had an impressive first season under the stewardship of Lucien Favre.

Coming into the game against Tottenham at Wembley, Dortmund were 5 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and many suggested that they were slight favourites to overcome Spurs.

However, Tottenham put three goals past the Germans without response thus leaving Dortmund on the brink of elimination from the Champions League. The away side actually matched Spurs for the first half but they found it hard to cope with the home side after Spurs raised their tempo after the interval.

Speaking after the game, Favre has admitted that he was frustrated by his side’s second half performance. He felt that Son’s goal early in the second half was a ‘gift’ from his side as they gave away the ball in a dangerous area.

He also said that his players didn’t move the ball well enough after Son’s opening goal.

Speaking to Ham&High, the 61-year-old said:  “We played well in the first half and had a couple of chances.

“We defended really well and played well going forward, but the start of the second half we gave it away.

“We shouldn’t have to play, we should be getting the ball forward, rather than playing out from the back and when we lost the ball, the cross came straight in and it was in the back of the net. Unfortunately that’s a gift.

“After that we tried and played a bit too hastily and again the pressing was intense and it was very difficult for us.

“Sometimes we just had to defend and the second goal was also, for me, we forgot to move the ball and after that it was harder to keep hold of the ball and create chances.”

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