Four lessons learned from Tottenham's 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham celebrates his goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley...

Tottenham have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham celebrates his goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley...

Tottenham Hotspur took a huge step last night towards the Champions League quarter finals.

Spurs beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley, to build a commanding lead.

 

Here is a look at four things we learned from the win...

Mauricio Pochettino's tactics were spot on

Mauricio Pochettino started three centre-backs for the second season in a row at home to Borussia Dortmund. Just like last time, it worked.

On this occasion, Dortmund lacked a top class striker like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and it showed.

Pochettino gambled with his ultra defensive set up, making sure Spurs did not concede an away goal. 

It worked a treat, once Spurs went one up, Dortmund had no answer.

Tottenham's 'break glass in case of emergency' option still works

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham celebrates scoring to make it 2-0 during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley...

It's been a while since Jan Vertonghen played at left-back for Tottenham.

Last night he was asked to play as a wing back, with both Danny Rose and Ben Davies injured.

What seemed like a desperation play from Spurs turned into a match winning one, with Vertonghen grabbing a goal and assist.

Tottenham's strength in depth with Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth allowed them to play three centre-backs and still spare Vertonghen.

Lucas Moura is no striker

Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Achraf Hakimi of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia...

One choice which did not really work too well was picking Lucas Moura up front.

The Brazilian nearly scored a spectacular volley in the opening moments but then offered nothing.

He lacks the presence of Fernando Llorente and Spurs had no focal point with him up front.

Llorente proved his quality by coming off the bench to score a late third.

Tottenham are for real

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia...

Critics have lined up to write Tottenham off all season, especially when their worst case scenario of Harry Kane an Dele Alli being injured happened.

Heung-Min Son returned to save Tottenham's campaign and he has now netted in four consecutive matches.

Tottenham are just two points off the Premier League lead if they win their game in hand, and have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals.

With Kane and Alli close to returning, Tottenham are in with a real shot of winning two trophies.

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