"The first half we played really well".
Fernando Llorente made it 3-0 just three minutes later from a corner, leaving Borussia Dortmund with a mountain to climb in the second leg.
Having been let off the hook after a potentially game-changing error by Foyth, Spurs did not pick up from there and continued their wobbly form for nearly the entirety of the first half. "Next time when Son scores, I go to the dressing-room, shower and wait for the game [to end]", Pochettino said with a smile.
With Dele Alli and Harry Kane in contention to return for second leg, there must be serious optimism about their prospects in this tournament. Pochettino also got his players to get closer to Jadon Sancho, and the England global was subdued in the second period.
The defender was instrumental in the opener for Spurs, floating in a brilliant cross for Son Heung-min, who finished with a lovely first touch back across the goalkeeper. 'My players are heroes. Dortmund did the double over Spurs in the 2015/16 Europa League, while Pochettino's men got revenge last season in the Champions League which included a 3-1 win at Wembley. "He translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving".
"Always when you play in this type of competition against a very good side like Dortmund it is hard", said the Argentine.
On the ratings front, grades ranged from a "7" in the Mirror to a "6" in the Times to a "5" ("peripheral and disappointing") in the Guardian and at talkSport and "4" in the Independent, where it noted Pulisic "got into good positions in both halves but could never take advantage of them, as if he were just lacking the confidence to make the difference when it mattered".
While Borussia Dortmund had the better of the opening 45 minutes, the second period was dominated by the Premier League side, whose pressing resulted in Jan Vertonghen gaining possession, before producing a stunning cross that Son Heung-min duly converted.
"I'm so happy for him, he was fantastic today", said the Argentine of his young countryman.