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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino thrilled to see team top difficult Champions League group

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 November 2017

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino speaks to the press (pic: Steven Paston/PA Images).

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino speaks to the press (pic: Steven Paston/PA Images).

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Spurs came from behind to win away at Borussia Dortmund and confirm their place as winners of Group H

Mauricio Pochettino feared the worst when Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League draw was made, but his side will go through top of Group H after they beat Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

Heung-min Son scored the winner in the 76th minute at the Westfalenstadion, and his eighth goal in 10 games against the German outfit, as Spurs came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory.

The dangerous Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had given Dortmund the lead, but Harry Kane equalised early in the second half before Son capitalised on some brilliant Dele Alli trickery.

Pochettino said: “The season before, we were watching the draw and we thought ‘Oh Monaco, Bayern Leverkusen and CSKA’ and we thought we had a chance to go to the next stage.

“Then this draw we looked between us and thought ‘OK we are going to compete and we say nothing’ – and look now we are first and top of the table.

“It was difficult because Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund and APOEL are always difficult but we try to enjoy and be competitive and try to win, that was the idea in every single game.

“I am happy for the result, to be top of the table, first, but we’re looking forward to playing the next game.”

Pochettino could have opted to rest players given a win over APOEL next month would also have secured first place and Tottenham also host West Brom on Saturday.

But he started Kane and Alli, both recently injured, as well as Danny Rose, who was left out of the squad completely for Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal.

“I am so happy about him,” Pochettino said of Alli. “For me the position he played he can play easy because of the characteristics of him.

“He can play behind striker or like a number eight because he has the quality and talent and capacity to cope with different positions, he has that. But I’m not only proud of him but the whole team. Danny Rose was fantastic too.

“We must recognise that. In the second half, and the whole game, after 10 months injury it’s difficult. The performance was great. I think the whole team was very good, fantastic performance.”

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