Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson was shocked at last night’s emphatic 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
The 35-year-old, who represented the club from 2005-2014, was amazed Spurs managed to make relatively light work of the Bundesliga title contenders in the Champions League.
Dortmund were actually the better side in the first half, but the Lilywhites blew Lucien Favre’s team away in the second 45.
Goals from Heung-min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente have put Spurs in a commanding position ahead of the second leg.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team were simply too good for Dortmund, whom a number of people expected to make for tricky opponents for the north Londoners.
‘Did not see that happening’
Dawson’s assessment of that game was one of huge surprise, and arguably one shared by a lot of neutrals.
The former centre-half, still playing for Championship side Nottingham Forest, was genuinely stunned at the nature of his ex-employers’ victory.
He told Sky Sports, as quoted by FourFourTwo: “What an unbelievable second half.
“What a performance that has been. Did not see that happening. They’re in dreamland.
“If you’d have said at the start of the night: Dele Alli not playing, Harry Kane not playing and watching it in the first half, you’d have said this was going to be 3-0, I’d have laughed at you.
“There was no chance, in the first half there was only one team with the right mentality.”
Perhaps Dawson has a point – a 3-0 victory looked highly unlikely at halftime given how Dortmund had started, and so Pochettino deserves major credit for what he said during the interval.
Spurs must now finish the job in Dortmund in two weeks time in order to reach the quarter-final stage for the first time since the 2010/11 season.