Jan Vertonghen claims Spurs are no longer underdogs for the Champions League

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are often uttered in the same breath as the words ‘outsiders’ and ‘underdogs’, but their result this week did little to reinforce those statements.

Spurs went up against the German League leaders in the Champions League on Wednesday, with no Harry Kane, no Dele Alli, and no recognised left back.

It seemed as if it would be a tricky task for Spurs to get even a draw out of the game, yet alone a win, and the first half backed up those assumptions with Dortmund considerably on top.

However, Spurs came out in the second 45 a different team, slamming three past the Germans without reply, led by fantastic performances from the likes of Heung Min Son and Jan Vertonghen.

Perhaps Spurs aren’t underdogs at all anymore, with one foot in the Champions League quarter finals, and the team well in the three horse race for the Premier League title.

Jan Vertonghen believes Spurs may no longer be underdogs (Mirror): “Everyone playing in the Champions League now, they look at each other and see how strong teams are. Results like this don’t help us to be the underdog.

“We are very pleased with the result and are in a great position for the away game now.

“It’s four years in a row now we’re in the Champions League. Games like last year, Real Madrid and Juventus , they help us so much, with the experience.

“You know Dortmund were a better side in the first half, but no one panicked at half-time – just very calm and said, ‘OK, big second half for us to come up and let’s push’ and that’s what we did. We won the four previous Premier League games in a very late stage and we kept that in mind and kept believing in our qualities and it paid off.”

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