Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham are underestimated after beating Borussia Dortmund

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"We play much better than people assess us sometimes, but you can not fight with the perception of people".

Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (R) shoots to score the opening goal past Dortmund's Swiss goalkeeper Roman Buerki (L) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium in London on February 13, 2019. After a testing first half, the Belgian transformed into one of their biggest attacking threats after the break, providing a sumptuous ball for Son's goal and continuing to send in terrific crosses as the second half progressed - and to top it all off, Vertonghen got on the scoresheet with under 10 minutes to go.

Spurs, who were without Harry Kane and Dele Alli, will meet Dortmund in the return fixture on March 5.

Playing some pretty extravagant football at times, Mauricio Pochettino's side were no match for the tempo which Dortmund set and were playing catch-up for nearly the entire first period.

Mauricio Pochettino saluted his talismanic goalscorer Son Heung-min after the Tottenham forward helped to move the team to within touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals.

"My players are heroes".

'I think he was impressive in the first half but he lost that penetration instinct he has naturally.

"His smile, he translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving".

Pochettino devised a clever game-plan that eventually frustrated Dortmund and secured Tottenham's first ever Champions League knockout-round win at home.

"Today it's 3-0 and maybe everyone says, "Oh, fantastic decision", or maybe if it's a different result I'm the worst coach in the world", he said.

It was just the second time in Vertonghen's Tottenham stay that he had registered a goal and an assist in the same match, and team-mate Son heaped praise on the talented defender before warning that the round of 16 tie wasn't done and dusted.

"I haven't got any particular worries", he said.

Yet Skomina called for a VAR check and after a number of replays, ruled that Tadic had been standing in an offside position when the goal was scored.

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