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Jan Vertonghen: Mauricio Pochettino gives massive clue to importance of defender's goal

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Heung-Min Son met Vertonghen's left-wing cross to volley home the opening goal two minutes inside the second half.

And the defender turned from provider to finisher when he connected with Serge Aurier's world-class delivery to double to lead six minutes from time.

Two minutes later substitute Fernando Llorente headed home a corner to give the hosts a massive advantage to take to Germany for the second leg.

However, Pochettino only celebrated the second goal of the evening as that came at a crucial time in the match.

When Son netted his 11th goal in his last 12 matches Pochettino continued to pace his technical area before returning to his seat.

But in stark contrast, when Vertonghen's volley his the back of the net the Argentine boss leapt with jubilation and ran to hug two members of his backroom staff.

When the final goal sealed off the impressive victory, Pochettino was sat down and only briefly rose to his feet.

It shows that adding breathing space, while also putting one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, took a chunk of pressure off the manager.

This year is the second season in which Pochettino has guided his team into the last-16 of Europe's premier competition.

In 2018 they were beaten 4-3 by Juventus over two legs.

But they have now taken a giant step into the next round.

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