Spurs' Wem­b­ley curse lifted

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - INTERNATIONAL SPORT - By Tom All­nutt and Ed El­liot, PA Sport

Po­chet­tino hails 'im­por­tant' win over Dort­mund as Spurs' Wem­b­ley curse is lifted

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino hailed Harry Kane as one of the dead­li­est strik­ers in the world af­ter his dou­ble fired Tot­ten­ham to vic­tory over Borus­sia Dort­mund.

Kane's goals in­spired Spurs to a 3-1 win in their Cham­pi­ons League opener and helped lift the club's curse at Wem­b­ley, where they had won only two of their pre­vi­ous 12 fix­tures.

Ear­lier, Dort­mund's An­driy Yar­molenko had can­celled out Son He­ungmin's early strike with a stun­ning lon­grange ef­fort but the con­test be­longed to Kane there­after.

The Eng­land for­ward now has four goals in as many Cham­pi­ons League ap­pear­ances and six in his last four matches for club and coun­try.

"He is fan­tas­tic, you saw that to­day," Po­chet­tino said.

"To score goals in the Cham­pi­ons League means he will get the credit he de­serves. He is one of the best strik­ers in the world."

Tot­ten­ham's evening was slightly soured by the late dis­missal of Jan Ver­tonghen, who swung an arm into the face of Mario Gotze and is now set to miss at least the trip to APOEL later this month.

But not only are Spurs now in a strong po­si­tion to progress from Group H, they have proven they can win at Wem­b­ley af­ter strug­gling for so long at the na­tional sta­dium.

"Maybe peo­ple will stop talking about hoodoos and the like that as they have been for the past year," Po­chet­tino said.

"It's fan­tas­tic, not only be­cause of three points. It's Wem­b­ley. It's the per­cep­tion that will be changed for our fu­ture. It's so im­por­tant for our fans and of course for us.

"That win here is so im­por­tant. That's why, for me, more than to talk about the good per­for­mance, it's the per­cep­tion that we can do it in the fu­ture."

Ver­tonghen's flail­ing arm struck Gotze in the face but it looked ac­ci­den­tal and the de­ci­sion seemed harsh.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, Spurs man­ager

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