Before the game had even kicked-off, we were worried for Tottenham if Mauricio Pochettino was rest his key players. Spurs manager learned his lesson the hard way after Dortmund thumped the Premier League side 3-0 with goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus (2).
Spurs now have an almost impossible task of over-turning the first leg deficit in seven days from now. On the wake of Dortmund’s demolition of Spurs, we take a look a things learned and key talking points from the game at Signal Iduna Park.
Mauricio Pochettino got it all wrong
Throughout the season, Pochettino has managed to get most things right, but away against Dortmund, his decision to rest key players was not his brightest call. Tottenham take on Aston Villa in their next league game, and seeing how poorly Villa have played this season, Spurs would have beaten them with the team they picked vs. Dortmund.
Pochettino clearly favored Premier League over Europa, and it resulted in a humiliating defeat for the second placed English side. Tottenham will need to beat Villa this weekend to justify Pochettino’s call of resting players last night.
Dortmund are the favorites for Europa League crown
The way Thomas Tuchel’s side are playing, it is hard to see any team beating them in this season’s competition. Perhaps Liverpool after their strong win over Manchester United last night would be a good bet to stand a chance against them.
Oh wait, Liverpool vs Borussia Dortmund in Europa League final, that would be one hell of a final to look forward to?
Another breakout performance from Julian Weigl
This 19-year old midfield star has been making great progress in this initial games with Borussia Dortmund, and yesterday was another example of why this kid is so highly rated by the experts.
Weigl completed more than 85% of his passes and ruled the Spurs midfield on his own. Perhaps Tuchel has already got the replacement if Ilkay Gundogan leaves in the summer amid his rumoured move to Manchester City.
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