Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
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Arsene Wenger reveals why Jadon Sancho 'disappeared' in Tottenham defeat

Arsene Wenger reveals why Jadon Sancho 'disappeared' in Tottenham defeat

Jan Vertonghen is set to start at left-back when Tottenham face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday after Mauricio Pochettino confirmed Danny Rose was not fit to start.

Sancho was Dortmund's standout performer during the first half but Spurs nullified his threat after the restart as they took control of the tie. 'My players are heroes.

Spurs did not manage a single shot on target in the first period of their round-of-16 clash against the Bundesliga leaders, but they took the lead through Son Heung-min moments after the break.

Jenas was then asked if Sancho would get into the Tottenham team ahead of the likes of Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli.

There was little to split the teams in the first half, Vertonghen admits, but the Tottenham defender saluted the way his side took a firm grip of the tie in the second 45 minutes. "What they are doing this season is wonderful".

"It's not finished, we have to focus on the second game too".

Insisting his players deserved all the praise after emerging from a gruelling schedule with their best result of the season, Pochettino said: "I want to congratulate my players one more time".

Having weaved his magic once again, Pochettino's Spurs side are now on the brink of an unprecedented first European quarter-final under the Argentine manager, after having looked like a good bet to drop out of the group stages at one point. Of course 3-0 is a very good result but when you have in front a team like Dortmund you always need to respect them.

And we saw flashes of quality from both players during the match.

"The first half was very hard". We should get the ball forward rather than try and play.

"After that we played a bit too hastily".

Sancho has had a stunning first full season in the first team at Borussia Dortmund.

When Vertonghen swung over a cross from the left, Dortmund's defence were out of position for the first time all night and Son timed his run perfectly behind Zagadou to caress a fine volley past Roman Burki.

However, the North London outfit doubled their lead with seven minutes remaining as Serge Aurier whipped a cross into the box where Jan Vertonghen was on hand to head home.

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