"The first half was very hard, first of all because we never felt the confidence to play", said Pochettino post match.
Dortmund were in the ascendancy in the first half as Spurs' five-man defence made the hosts look like the visitors at Wembley, but Mauricio Pochettino's side ultimately weathered the storm and headed into the break goalless. I am happy with the performance and the circumstances we have.More news: Force India's life as Racing Point begins with launch of 2019 vehicle
Spurs, who were without Harry Kane and Dele Alli, will meet Dortmund in the return fixture on March 5.
"But after we fixed some problems, showing them some clips at half-time and talking a little about different positions - offensive and defensive - and trying to help the team to perform better". That gave us real confidence and we were attacking with much more verve, Toby Alderweireld glancing a corner goalwards which Burki saved, Eriksen testing the keeper from distance and there were a number of times when good build-up play was just let down by the final pass. Our feeling was we never felt the confidence to play.More news: More LG G8 ThinQ renders emerge, corroborate other leaks
"It's a massive victory and the players deserve all the credit because they were fantastic".
Billed as one of the more exciting last-16 ties, the first leg started off a restrained affair as Spurs resolutely held back the Bundesliga leaders in the first half. 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.
'Of course, we are happy now because it was a very good result but there is still a lot of work to do. But I prefer players who make mistakes trying to play.More news: Spyro Reignited Trilogy may hit Nintendo Switch this summer