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Pochettino ‘proud’ after Spurs beat Dortmund to reach UCL quarter-finals

Spurs ran out 1-0 winners against Borussia Dortmund in Germany tonight to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory, and secure their place in the Champions League quarter finals.

As expected Bundesliga leaders Dortmund, cheered on by a raucous Westfalenstadion crowd, put Spurs under plenty of pressure during the first period and had it not been for a string of top-class saves by Hugo Lloris, things may well have become very nervy for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

However, the North London outfit made it through to half time unscathed and when talisman Harry Kane finished coolly just after the break, Dortmund’s chances of staging an unlikely comeback were over.

Speaking after the game Spurs boss Pochettino admitted he was delighted for his players and his clubs fans.

“We are in the quarter-finals. I’m so happy for the players, and the fans. It’s an important victory. Of course we suffered a bit but it’s ok and we fully deserved to be to be in the quarter-final,” Pochettino told BT Sport.

“Hugo Lloris was great. We conceded more chances than we expected but that’s football. After losing in the first leg they had nothing to lose.

“It’s tough but overall, the objective was to be in the quarter-final and we are there.

“In the last 10 minutes of the first half it was difficult for us. They started to play a little but more and then in the first action when we were able to connect we managed to score the goal.

“Now it’s about enjoying that we are in the quarter-final. We need to feel proud. The experience is so important to improve and get better. There’s a lot of things we can take from this type of game to make us a better team.”

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