David Pleat discusses positives of Tottenham's Europa League performance

Former Tottenham boss David Pleat has given his thoughts on his side's performance against Borussia Dortmund.

Former Tottenham boss David Pleat is staying upbeat despite the team's 5-1 aggregate defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Spurs went into the second leg 3-0 down after fielding a weakened side in Germany, being made to pay for it.

Mauricio Pochettino selected a stronger XI this time around, but left top scorer Harry Kane on the bench, which said a lot about his expectation the team could realistically turn their deficit around.

Dortmund won the game at White Hart Lane 2-1, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting twice before Heung-Min Son netted a consolation.

Pleat, now a scout at Tottenham, told BBC Radio 5 Live post-game: "Dortmund were superb at times. You have got to credit Tottenham, could have been completely demoralised tonight. 

"I don't think supporters will be too downhearted. Mentally, physically it was a hard game for them, with Dortmund's pace.

"How much it has taken out of them we'll have to see on Sunday, but they could have been beaten by three or four and would have had to recover mentally very quickly."

Spurs are currently second in the Premier League, hoping to chase down Leicester City. They face Bournemouth this weekend, keen to get all three points in their last game before they head into the international break.

This is a game they will simply hope to dust themselves down from and move on, and learn lessons to take into the transfer market in the summer ahead of their participation in what will surely be a Champions League campaign next season.

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