Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on Son Heung-min after the 2-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund last night saying the player “is so important for us and will be important for us”.
Spurs came from behind a half-time to beat the Bundesliga side 2-1, to seal their passage through to the last-16 as Group H winners.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang put Dortmund ahead with his 16th goal of the season. Spurs turned things around in the second half thanks to a clinical finish from Harry Kane and a curled effort from Son.
Son continued his superb scoring record against Dortmund, having scored eight times in tens matches against them, stretching back to his time in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen.
After the game, Pochettino was full of praise for the 25-year-old and revealed why he decided to start him.
When asked whether Son’s goal scoring record against Dortmund influenced his team selection, Pochettino replied: “No. I never think about what happened in the past,” as quoted by football.london.
“We need to rotate some players, we need to give games to some players and for the squad to be competitive every three days.
“Son is so important for us and will be important for us.”
The Korean has been a key player for Pochettino this season, scoring four goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.
However, he has only started six of the 12 Premier League games this season and has struggled to command a regular spot in the first team since he joined Tottenham.
Spurs bounced back from the damaging 2-0 north London derby defeat against rivals Arsenal at the weekend with an impressive performance.
The victory continues their impressive form the Champions League this season and follows on from their emphatic 3-1 win over holders Real Madrid earlier this month.
Spurs return to Premier League action against West Brom at Wembley on Saturday.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs boss Pochettino has had his say on Danny Rose’s performance against Dortmund last night.