Paul Merson on whether Spurs can win the Champions League

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Dom Le Roy
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes that Tottenham Hotspur are capable of winning the Champions League.
 
Merson was full of praise for Tottenham’s performance in the first leg against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night which sees them take a huge 3-0 advantage going into the second leg in Germany.
 
A hugely impressive second half performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side saw goals from Heung-min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente take the Bundesliga leaders by surprise.
 
The football pundit singled out Vertonghen for special praise for his man of the match display in which he provided the assist for Son and bagged the second goal himself.
 
Such was the performance and with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli on the verge of returning, Merson believes that none of the remaining sides in the competition will want to draw Spurs in the quarter final if they can navigate their way past Dortmund in the second leg.
 
Merson said in his column in the Daily Star: “What Tottenham did this week in the Champions League was unreal – and they definitely have the potential to win it now.
 
“How their game against Borussia Dortmund ended up 3-0 I have no idea, because I watched the first half and thought it could end up 3-0 the other way!
 
“They were phenomenal in the second half. Jan Vertonghen was absolutely outstanding.
 
“It was a massive result. Game over. They’re through. When you get to that stage of the Champions League, you only need one good 45-minute spell to qualify. But one bad 45 minutes and you’re out.
 
“Now they’re virtually in the quarter-finals and they have players coming back, including one of the best strikers in the world in Harry Kane. No-one will want to play them.
 
“Dortmund look like they are going to win the German league by a long way remember. They are no mugs. But Spurs just tore them apart.
 
“The one thing that could knock them off course is they are still right in the title race in my opinion. They are five points behind Liverpool and Manchester City and still have to play both of them, so they are close enough.
 
“They will need to win both those games to have a chance of winning the league, and that makes them dangerous. The only thing is: can their squad cope?” 

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