Tottenham most certainly proved some of their doubter’s wrong in their Round of 16 second-led tie against Borussia Dortmund. Tottenham came to Dortmund with a three nil lead and one foot in the next round of the Champions League. But with Dortmund not having yet lost a game at home before this tie and Tottenham only picking up one point from their last three games, this was always going to be tough for Tottenham.
Dortmund needed at least three goals to have a chance of going through so came out all guns blazing in the first half. Their intensity and movement kept Spurs on their toes for the first 45 but Tottenham’s back line were on top form. Spurs were happy to sit back and wait for there opportunity. Especially with Harry Kane back in the team, Spurs knew that they would have to be clinical and take the very few chances that they’d get away to Dortmund.
Hugo Lloris - 8
Lloris showed his quality during Dortmund’s first half barrage of his goal. This was exactly the performance Spurs needed from their captain.
Serge Aurier - 7
Aurier looked full of energy on Spurs’ right flank and did well to shut down most of Dortmund’s play down that side of the pitch.
Toby Alderweireld - 7
Alderweireld put in a confident performance at the back and used his passing ability to play Tottenham out of danger on a few occasions.
Davinson Sanchez - 7
Sanchez used his pace and strength to keep both Sancho and Alcacer quiet when trying to get in behind.
Jan Vertonghen - 8
Vertonghen had another excellent game against the Bundesliga leaders with some vital last ditch challenges.
Ben Davies - 7
Davies contributed both in the build of Tottenham’s attacking play and defending against Dortmund’s attacking line. A good day at the office for the Welshman.
Harry Winks - 6
Winks contributed to Spurs’ defensive line during the first half but was substituted due to a hip injury.
Moussa Sissoko - 7
Sissoko was strong both on and off the ball. He also provided the assist for Harry Kane’s goal.
Christian Erisken - 6
This game didn’t suit Eriksen’s style of play and he had very few opportunities to find space for himself or his team mates.
Hueng-Min Son - 6
Son had Spurs’ first chance at goal in this game but failed to capitalise on it.
Harry Kane - 7
Kane didn’t waste the one chance he had at goal to secure the winner for Spurs.
(SUB) Eric Dier - 6
The England international replaced Harry Winks and sat in front of Tottenham’s back three. Allowing Spurs’ fullbacks to join the attack.
(SUB) Erik Lamela - N/A
Lamela replaced Son for the last 20 minutes but had no impact on the game.
(SUB) Danny Rose - N/A
Only made an appearance in the final minutes of the game.