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Pochettino delight at Spurs ending Wembley hoodoo

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 01:28

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says it was massive to beat Borussia Dortmund at Wembley and end their poor run at the stadium.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 13, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. TOTTENHAM MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO ARRIVING FOR POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "I think it was massive, massive to start in this way. Win the three points today. It means more than three points. I think it is difficult to explain because so many things happen around the team but I think it was so important to get the three points against a fantastic team like Borussia Dortmund that they have (played) really well and they have unbelievable players. And I think it's massive for our confidence." 3. JOURNALISTS LISTENING 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOROSSIA DORTMUND MANAGER, PETER BOSZ, SAYING: "Of course you try and prepare your team for this game and you try to explain to the players what you expect and that is that Spurs will start really aggressive in the beginning. I told them that would last five, ten minutes and then it will settle down and then we have to play good football. But unfortunately it was already 1-0." STORY: It was not the kind of dominant home display Tottenham Hotspur fans came to expect last season but the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Wednesday (September 13) was "massive" according to manager Mauricio Pochettino. His side managed only 37 percent possession against the Bundesliga leaders who showed why they were good enough to reach the quarter-finals last year, but thanks to two fine goals by striker Harry Kane Spurs sent the faithful home happy. More significantly perhaps was the fact that it got the Wembley monkey off their back after their failure to win either of their opening two Premier League games at the stadium which is their temporary home while their new ground is built. Defeats by Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley last year, when they played their Champions League home games there, fuelled the belief that the national stadium, where Tottenham had won only two in 12 before Wednesday, was a jinx. When Dortmund's Andriy Yarmolenko curled home a stunner to cancel out Son Heung-min's strike in a frenzied opening to the Group H match, Spurs feared the worst. But Kane lashed home his first goal in the 15th minute and coolly made it 3-1 on the hour to give Tottenham breathing space. "It was massive to get off to a winning start," Pochettino, who led Tottenham to second place in the Premier League last season, told reporters. "It means more than three points today. "To get three points against a fantastic team like Dortmund who have unbelievable players was massive for our confidence." Tottenham were unbeaten in their final season at White Hart Lane, dropping just four points and generally dominating opponents with high-tempo football. The question was whether they could emulate that on a bigger Wembley pitch, without their renowned 'home' atmosphere, especially against quality opposition. Dortmund had not conceded a goal this season before Wednesday and manager Peter Bosz, who led Ajax Amsterdam to the Europa League final last year, said his players had been stunned by Tottenham's quick start. Dortmund and Tottenham are likely to be battling for runners-up spot behind champions Real Madrid who beat Apoel Nicosia 3-0 on Wednesday to top the group.

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Pochettino delight at Spurs ending Wembley hoodoo

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 01:28