Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to prove Borussia Dortmund defeat was an accident in second leg

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The Premier League side go into the second leg 3-0 down after the first clash in Germany.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told his players that they need to prove that their humiliating defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie was an accident when they meet again on Thursday, the London Evening Standard reports.

Spurs go into the second leg 3-0 down after a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a brace from Marco Reus helped the Bundesliga side put one foot in the quarter-final. And while his team appear to have only a slim chance of progressing to the next stage of the competition, Pochettino has encouraged his men to go out and prove a point.

"Our mentality needs to be right," he told the London Evening Standard.

"We need to show that last Thursday was an accident. For me sometimes it is difficult but I accept the criticism - if you win you are a genius, if not you are a disaster.

"For me it's important to keep everyone motivated."

In some ways, a small win - rather than the kind of victory that they would need to go through - could be exactly what the side need heading into the final games of the season. 

While it would obviously be great for the club to win a trophy, they are in the running for the Premier League title, and most supporters would surely be willing to sacrifice the opportunity to win the Europa League if it improved their chances of catching Leicester, especially as Champions League football appears to be assured for next season given their league position, which is one of the main advantages that comes from winning the continent's secondary competition.

However, another defeat to Dortmund may create too much negativity, so while it may not be the best thing for them to go through, a win on Thursday would restore any belief that was lost in the Westfalenstadion last week and give them plenty of momentum as the title race begins to reach the final stages. 

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