Jan Vertonghen: Spurs are no longer underdogs after Dortmund demolition

Champions League opponents Spurs and Borussia Dortmund are similar teams with diverging priorities

So many good individual displays spiced Spurs second half performance.

"In the first half we played a little - not nervously - but not with the confidence".

"We've learned a lot; we've taken a lot on board". It's like we weren't comfortable.

The half-time video session and subsequent adjustments certainly did the trick as within two minutes of the restart the hosts had taken the lead through a well-taken goal from Heung-min Son, while Jan Vertonghen - who thrived at left wing-back - and Fernando Llorente added juice to the win in the latter stages of the game. "It was a big and important game so to get the result was fantastic for us, and I'm incredibly proud and delighted to be playing for this team". We deserved the victory in the end.

"We have been in the Champions League for the last couple of years so we are starting to learn what teams are like", Winks said.

Ferdinand says there were moments in the first half where they looked like league-leaders.

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"Always when you play in this type of competition against a very good side like Dortmund it is hard", said the Argentine.

Son has now scored in 13 matches for Spurs this season, and the north Londoners have won all of them. "They're a great team with great players, a good coach, so they're going to figure everything out".

Mahmoud Dahoud wasted a great chance to draw Dortmund level, his meek effort easily saved, and Vertonghen showed him how it should be with a fine volley from Serge Aurier's deep cross.

Lucien Favre felt Borussia Dortmund panicked after falling behind against Tottenham and were heavily punished for their lack of focus in the Champions League at Wembley. But Tottenham's manager played down the success of his tactics.

According to reports, Son now earns £110,000 per week after signing a new five-year deal last July, but Spurs are willing to increase his wage significantly to keep him happy with an offer of £150,000 per week expected before the start of next season.

There were many star performers in a Spurs shirt against the side leading the way in the Bundesliga, but defensive lynchpin Vertonghen shone brighter than anyone.

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