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Mauricio Pochettino: Borussia Dortmund victory more than three points

Pochettino: Dortmund victory more than three points

13/09/2017 at 21:20Updated 13/09/2017 at 22:22

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino praised his side for adjusting their style during the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, saying the victory was worth more than three points.

Spurs opened the scoring in less than five minutes thanks to Son Heung-min and although Andriy Yarmolenko quickly pulled one back a brace from Harry Kane secured victory.

Dortmund dominated the ball and pressed extremely high up the pitch, causing Spurs to sit back and hit them on the counter.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on September 13, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on September 13, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.Getty Images

Pochettino explained afterwards how difficult it is to play against Dortmund and how proud he was of the team for adjusting, saying just how significant a victory it was.

"It was so important to win, we are so happy. It was so important to start well in a tough game. Dortmund played really well, they dominated the first half. We increased our level in the second half and we were very clinical in front of goal.

"It is more than three points. At half-time we fixed some problems and modified the position of some players. The tempo of the game decreased which was better for us. Dortmund are a very aggressive team, we struggled a little to pass the ball quickly.

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane is embraced by Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino after being substituted during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane is embraced by Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino after being substituted during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund atGetty Images

"Sometimes you can't dominate, you have to play a different way and the team is more mature now. We can learn a lot from this game.

"Harry Kane was fantastic."

Spurs now face Apoel Nicosia before a double-header against Real Madrid.

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