‘It is a statement to show that we are up there… we mean business’: Harry Winks insists victory over Borussia Dortmund shows Tottenham mean business in the Champions League
- Tottenham’s win over Borussia Dortmund was a statement, says Harry Winks
- The English midfielder insists the north London side mean business in Europe
- Goals from Heung-min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente got the win
- Mauricio Pochettino’s side are within touching distance of a quarter-final spot
Tottenham sent a statement to the rest of Europe with their beating of Borussia Dortmund and showed they mean business in the Champions League, according to midfielder Harry Winks.
Second-half goals from Heung-min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente saw Spurs tear Dortmund apart at Wembley, leaving themselves within touching distance of the quarter-finals.
They still have the second leg to play but Winks believes Tottenham proved that, even without Harry Kane and Dele Alli, they can go far in Europe’s elite competition.
Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund shows they mean business, insists Harry Winks
The English midfielder feels the Wembley win is a statement to rivals in the Champions League
‘We hope it is a statement to show that we are up there, we mean business, that we want do do well and go as far as we can in the Champions League,’ Winks said after Wednesday’s 3-0 win.
‘There is no better way of doing that than beating Dortmund 3-0 at home. We have to take it game by game.
‘We have got to win the second leg before we can even look at how far we can go.
Fernando Llorente came off the bench to make it 3-0 in a ruthless second-half performance
Winks is a boyhood Tottenham fan and is daring to dream how far this current side can go
‘But it’s a great night, a great result going into the second leg and hopefully we can progress. Who knows how far we can go?’
Winks is a boyhood Spurs fan and the 23-year-old highlighted how special it was to be involved in a famous win for the north London club.
‘I have been in the stands and watched Spurs play in the Champions League many years ago,’ he said. ‘There was Real Madrid (in 2010-11), I was flag-bearer and Inter Milan at home at White Hart Lane. I watched the rest on telly. It is special playing for Tottenham in the Champions League.’
Tottenham have won all 13 games in which Son has scored this season. The South Korean has also contributed goals in each of his last four appearances since returning from the Asian Cup.
Son was once again a star in Tottenham’s ranks as he was showered in praise by team-mates
Fellow goalscorer Jan Vertonghen believes Son is ‘special’ as he fills the void of Harry Kane
Vertonghen hailed Son, who has stepped up in the absence of Kane, saying: ‘I’ve played with some great players and against some great players, and Sonny is special. He’s so humble.
‘You underestimate that because of the work he puts in, then his quality, outstanding left foot, right foot. He can play striker, left wing, right wing, he can play as a 10.
‘He’s an outstanding player. I’m not going to say he’s at the level of whoever but he’s one of the best in the Premier League.’