Tottenham’s hero vs Dortmund says Wednesday’s result in his ‘top 3’

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen was one of the stars of the show on Wednesday night as Tottenham thrashed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

Vertonghen was asked to play as a left wing back for the first time in his career due to injuries to both Danny Rose and Ben Davies.

The 31-year-old looked like he has been playing in the position all his life as he proved a constant threat for the Dortmund backline and got in behind Achraf Hakimi several times.

The Belgian provided a beautiful cross for Son Heung-Min to open the scoring, before meeting Aurier’s cross with a thumping volley to put Spurs 2-0 up.

The central defender is currently one of the longest-serving players at the club and has seen his fair share of ups and downs during his seven seasons at the club. Vertonghen insisted after the game that the 3-0 win against Dortmund was in the “top three” results of his time at the club.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Vertonghen said: “It’s certainly somewhere very high! We’ve had some great nights at Wembley and at the Lane, some away games as well.

“We had the Real Madrid game last season (3-1 win at Wembley) but that was in the group stage and we all know what then happened against Juventus (in the Round of 16, lost 4-3 on aggregate) and we don’t want that to happen again.

“This result is massive for us. We’re still not finished because I can remember the Inter away game where we lost 3-0 (in 2012/13 we won the first leg of our Europa League tie 3-0, went 3-0 down at the San Siro and eventually lost 4-1 to go through on away goals) and that can’t happen again.”

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