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Between the Lines: Lloris urges focus after Spurs thrash Dortmund

Hugo Lloris has urged his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates to stay focused ahead of the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 encounter with Borussia Dortmund.

Spurs beat the Bundesliga leaders 3-0 at Wembley on Wednesday.

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Goals from Son Heung-Min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente gave Spurs a thumping victory at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men subsequently have one foot in the quarter-finals of the competition, with the second leg in Dortmund still to be played.

But Lloris is wary and has urged his team-mates to focus on the task at hand, with the potential for an upset looming large.

Speaking to Tottenham’s official website, he said: “I think we can be proud of our performance but it’s not done, there is still one game to play and in football, you never know.

“With the same mentality and the same spirit, I think we can look to big things but we need to be professional and be serious, especially after the Leicester game on Sunday where we finished the game so tired.

“We suffered a lot in the second half but in three days we’ve completely changed, even if in the first half we didn’t play like we wanted. In the second half we increased our level.”

Captain’s warning

Lloris is right to draw attention to the first half of the game.

Spurs did not play well and were indebted to a superb save from their keeper from a Dan-Axel Zagadou header on the verge of half-time to keep the scores at 0-0.

As it goes, Spurs will head into the second leg full of confidence after a virtuoso display in the second half, but Dortmund have players who can hurt them and Signal Iduna Park will be rocking.

Cooler heads usually prevail and Spurs should be fine barring what would be an embarrassing meltdown, but Lloris’ warning is one that should be heeded – they must be 100 per cent focused.

Article title: Between the Lines: Lloris urges focus after Spurs thrash Dortmund

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