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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted that his side “did not play well” as they fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in their Europa League last-16 first leg encounter.
Pochettino left Harry Kane and Erik Lamela on the bench as he made seven changes to his side and the Argentine accepted that his selection backfired as Spurs lost heavily in Germany.
"It is difficult to explain but a bad day and I'm disappointed with our performance. We did not play well. That is why we lost the game,” said the Spurs boss.
"We need to fight in the return leg next week. Three nil is not a good result for us but we still need to keep working hard and try next Thursday.
"This was our first time losing 3-0 this season. We need to be calm and be sure it doesn't happen again."
Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, on the other hand, was delighted with his side’s performance as they brushed aside their Premier League opponents.
"We played confident. We managed to keep the space very tight. We attacked Tottenham very early and did not allow them to come into our half.
“There was a lot of speed in the game in the first half and in the second half we were able to move up higher and dominate completely. I am very happy with the performance.
"It is a very hard-working team I have. We adapt to the strength of the opponent. We had to suffer and we made Tottenham suffer and I am very happy with the domination of the performance.
"I am almost sure we will need it all again at Tottenham. It will be a tight game again."