Spurs 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: (some post match thoughts)
Not many people thought that we’d top a champions league group containing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Well it happened, Pochettino’s side needed a win to do so, and they achieved that objective in a hard fought and deserved 2-1 win in Dortmund. It was a solid tactically astute showing from Pochettino’s side who were looking to respond following their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend. Dortmund piled the pressure on us in the first half and looked the better team, Pochettino chose a very strong Spurs team which included Harry Kane upfront, he wanted us to secure that top spot on the night. The clever attacking football from Dortmund especially in the final third caused our defence some early problems which culminated in Aubameyang converting Yarmolenko’s pass just after 30 minutes. That goal seemed to spring Spurs into life, they showed more energy and craft and started to take control of the game, Harry Winks’ role as a holding midfielder key in this shift of play. Harry Kane’s trademark finish after receiving a Dele Alli pass shortly after the restart changed the complexion of the game and from that moment on it looked like there was only going to be one winner. Pochettino’s side were mature and went about things smartly, they passed the ball around well and created good openings, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son the most creative in the final third. Spurs found the winner in the 76th minute, Alli finding Son whose brilliant curling effort nestled into the top corner of Roman Burki’s net to secure the 3 points.
I’ll keep it brief, Sanchez was immense at the back, Winks dictated play, Alli created when it mattered and Son was phenomenal his workmate top class as was his finish. All eyes will be on manager less West Brom now who we face at Wembley on Saturday. COYS
Statistics: Senior: goal scorers: Alli-6