Favre frustrated by Dortmund’s ‘gift’ to Tottenham
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The 61-year-old Swiss football manager reflected on Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Spurs at Wembley Stadium
Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre admitted Heung-min Son’s opening goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League round of 16 first leg tie was a gift.
Spurs eventually cruised to a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, but it had been a different story in the first half.
If anything, the Bundesliga leaders had shaded proceedings, yet they gave away the ball in a dangerous area at the start of the second period and Jan Vertonghen picked out Son with a peach of a cross, which the South Korean finished superbly.
Afterwards, Mauricio Pochettino’s team exerted their dominance and took control of possession before they added two late goals.
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Vertonghen volleyed home impressively for Tottenham’s second in the 83rd minute and Fernando Llorente headed in three minutes later to conclude a wonderful night for the Lilywhites under the arch in Brent.
Favre was less pleased with Dortmund’s work, he said: “We played well in the first half and had a couple of chances.
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“We defended really well and played well going forward, but the start of the second half we gave it away.
“We shouldn’t have to play, we should be getting the ball forward, rather than playing out from the back and when we lost the ball, the cross came straight in and it was in the back of the net. Unfortunately that’s a gift.
“After that we tried and played a bit too hastily and again the pressing was intense and it was very difficult for us.
“Sometimes we just had to defend and the second goal was also, for me, we forgot to move the ball and after that it was harder to keep hold of the ball and create chances.”
While Dortmund will still be dejected about Wednesday’s result, the tie isn’t over yet and Deportivo La Coruna and AC Milan know all about that.
The Italian giants held a three-goal advantage going into the second leg in 2004, but the La Liga outfit overturned the deficit to reach the next round.
Spurs know Dortmund will be a different beast at home, although will hope to receive another gift or two.