Lucien Favre is not worried about Borussia Dortmund's five-match winless streak following the Bundesliga leaders' goalless draw at lowly Nurnberg.

Dortmund saw their lead atop the Bundesliga summit reduced to just three points ahead of defending champions Bayern Munich after Monday's stalemate against bottom side Nurnberg.

Favre's Dortmund have not won a match in all competitions since January 26 following Bundesliga draws against Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim, while they lost to Tottenham in the Champions League and on penalties against Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal.

Despite Dortmund's form, head coach Favre has no concerns, telling reporters: "Being worried? I will never do that.

"Why? This is part of the game. You have to analyse these games. It's because of small details in almost every game. We were drawing in Frankfurt, Bayern [Munich] lost at the same time and everything was great.

"And after that we drew 3-3 against [Werder] Bremen at home, then we drew 3-3 against Hoffenheim, we could have led 4-0 in this game. But that's part of the game. Luckily for the spectators, but not for us.

"We are dissatisfied because it was the same in the Champions League. There was only 10 minutes to go and we were one goal down. We were dominating the game [on Monday], only a little bit was missing. We kept trying and we haven't had so much ball possession this season than today.

"We also have to remind ourselves that we were also playing 0-0 on the second game of the season in Hannover."

Jurgen Klopp confirmed Liverpool were interested in signing Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho when he was at Manchester City, but the Premier League champions would not sell to the Reds.

Sancho left City for the Bundesliga in August 2017 and has been a revelation in Germany, scoring seven goals and setting up another nine in 22 league matches this season.

The 18-year-old earned his first senior England caps towards the end of last year and already looks as though he is set to become a mainstay, such is the talent he has shown early in his career.

Sancho arguably would not be in such a position had he stayed at City, however, as he decided to leave in search of greater exposure to first-team football.

Had things gone differently, he could have even ended up at Anfield.

"Buying English players is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho," Klopp told reporters on Monday ahead of Liverpool's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

"We are not blind. We saw him [Sancho], we liked him and then we think, 'Can we get him?'

"No, because English clubs don't sell to other English clubs. I don't know exactly what the reason is for that, but they don't do it."

Eager to not miss out on another English talent after seeing Sancho go to Dortmund, Bayern have made no secret of their desire to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea.

Some have suggested Bundesliga clubs' interest in young English players is a consequence of a perceived lack of talented German youth players, though Klopp is unconvinced.

"There is no dip," he said. "Six or seven years ago you had all these boys coming up – Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels – and it was clear when they became Under-21 European champions it would be a generation of proper quality.

"England now has that situation. It is like a wave with one country a little bit up and another country down. Now they can go to Germany, which is a wonderful league.

"I saw the Dortmund game against Tottenham and it was a completely open game in the first half. I don't see German football in a bad situation.

"It is a normal situation as well, a bit like Bayern. They have been unbelievably successful and now the next generation has to come up.

"That will happen again. The Bundesliga is a fantastic league and everything will be fine for them, but at the moment I am in the Premier League and more interested in what we have to do here."

Borussia Dortmund sit just three points ahead of Bayern Munich at the Bundesliga summit after a disappointing 0-0 draw against bottom club Nurnberg on Monday.

Bayern's 3-2 win over Augsburg on Friday cranked up the pressure on Lucien Favre's side and they were unable to respond, labouring to just a solitary point against a team that has won only twice in the league this season.

Dortmund came up against a goalkeeper in inspired form, Christian Mathenia producing a string of fine saves to frustrate the visiting team's attackers, most notably Mario Gotze.

The result means that Dortmund have now gone five games in all competitions without a win, while Nurnberg are now five points away from safety.

Any thoughts that Dortmund would sweep aside their lowly opponents were dispelled in the early stages with Nurnberg looking significantly more robust than they did during September's 7-0 thumping at Signal Iduna Park.

Their positive start was almost rewarded before the half-hour mark, Hanno Behrens twice going close with headers. His first effort was pawed over by Roman Burki and the unmarked Nurnberg captain powered over from eight yards from the resulting corner.

An out-of-sorts Dortmund belatedly woke from their slumber in the closing stages of the first half, carving out a number of clear opportunities to take the lead.

Gotze was twice denied by excellent stops from Mathenia, while Axel Witsel saw a close-range effort deflected into the side netting.

Mathenia got down sharply to again deny Gotze shortly after the break, while the Germany international flashed wide from a promising position soon after.

Substitute Jacob Bruun Larsen had a late strike rightly ruled out for offside, but all three points would have flattered Favre's stuttering side, who could be level on points with Bayern by the time they host Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Ilkay Gundogan looks at his Manchester City team-mate David Silva with great admiration, adamant any player would learn just by watching the Spanish playmaker. 

Silva joined City in 2010 after rising to prominence in LaLiga with Valencia, persuading the club to fork out a reported £25million for him. 

Initially there were doubts about Silva's suitability to the more physical Premier League, particularly in a central position, but any such reservations were swiftly swept away. 

The 33-year-old quickly became a mainstay and his longevity and general excellence have led to some suggesting he is the Premier League's greatest foreign player. 

Gundogan believes his colleague is an example to anyone. 

"You learn more about football in general when you watch players like David," Gundogan said on DAZN's Talking Tactics show. 

"David is extremely strong in the small turns, in decision-making and in the passing game. If you have a midfielder like David against you who plays such passes, then I do not want to be a full-back.

"It does not matter if you have to go into one-on-one situations against David or defend the passing route - both are extremely difficult.

"Nevertheless, one should always be careful with all esteem. You shouldn't want to imitate everything [of another player], if it does not fit your own game."

Gundogan also thinks highly of Mario Gotze, his international colleague and former Borussia Dortmund team-mate.

The City midfielder joined Dortmund in 2011, just after Gotze – then a teenager – had broken into Dortmund's first-team and looked destined for the top, and Gundogan found his ability intimidating.

"There was once a player [Gotze] I found incredible in training," he added. "A player I thought, 'What is he doing?' This player was Mario Gotze.

"I thought: 'He must be only 18 or 19?' I was 20 or 21 years old myself. When I started training at Dortmund, this boy did things in training that made me think, 'wow, if he does not come all the way up, then I do not know [who will].' That was overwhelming for me.

"You just did not get the ball [from him]. I have often tried to defend against him. Whether the ball was in the air or on the foot, you did not manage to separate him from the ball.

"Mario has always made the right decisions, whether in dribbling or with a pass."

Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic is not giving up hope of progressing in the Champions League, despite the German side losing 3-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie with Tottenham.

Dortmund travelled to Wembley on Wednesday for their first meeting and looked set to guarantee a tight tie on the evidence of the opening 45 minutes.

Jadon Sancho was a particular threat for the Bundesliga leaders, impressing with his close dribbling and dazzling the Spurs defence.

But after half-time Dortmund were blown away – Son Heung-min making the breakthrough with a volley from Jan Vertonghen's cross, before the Belgian and Fernando Llorente added further goals towards the end.

It leaves Dortmund up against it ahead of the return match in Germany on March 5, but Pulisic – who had little impact on proceedings at Wembley – is confident Lucien Favre's men are not out of the tie.

When asked if he still had belief, Pulisic told reporters: "Of course. This team's going to believe until the end.

"We're going home now, there's no reason why we can't score three goals at home. We've done it before.

"We've just got to go and we've got to be positive and go in with a good mindset into that game."

But for Spurs, their second-half performance and result against a side such as Dortmund is a timely boost going into a crucial period of the campaign, according to Hugo Lloris.

"At this time of the season, this kind of performance gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the season," he said.

"Especially as we're entering a really important period for the club, where everything is played, and playing like that against Dortmund, it's very good for confidence."

Arsene Wenger revealed he tried to lure Jadon Sancho to Arsenal during his time in charge of the Premier League side.

Sancho left Manchester City for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and the 18-year-old has flourished in Germany, where he has since become an England international.

He showed flashes of his quality in Dortmund's 3-0 first-leg loss to Tottenham in the Champions League last 16 at Wembley on Wednesday.

And former Arsenal manager Wenger said he attempted to sign Sancho before the teenager opted for Dortmund.

"I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn't get the games," Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

"I tried to lure him because he's from London. I tried to get him to Arsenal. He's one of the best players of his generation. He can dribble, he has the arrogance.

"There's something in there that is part of the big players. You can call it arrogance, confidence, belief; but it has to be there."

Wenger, meanwhile, said his hopes of coaching Real Madrid are "over" having turned down the LaLiga giants previously.

The 69-year-old Frenchman's Arsenal tenure – which lasted more than two decades – ended following the 2017-18 campaign and he has been linked with various jobs since leaving the Gunners.

However, when asked about Madrid, Wenger said: "I have turned down Real Madrid more than once, but I must say now it's over for me.

"Yes, we live with our values at the time it was in the middle of the process of moving the stadium. I guaranteed that and I'm happy with my decision."

"I feel that if you ask any manager in the world they would say yes as they [Real Madrid] are the biggest club in the world," he added.

Tottenham's 3-0 Champions League result over Borussia Dortmund made it 13 wins out of 13 when Son Heung-min scores, much to the delight of Mauricio Pochettino.

The South Korea international found the net for the fourth successive game, helping Spurs take a commanding lead in their last-16 tie.

In the absence of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, the focus has fallen on Son and he has not shirked the responsibility, with his 47th-minute strike against Dortmund setting them on their way to an impressive victory on Wednesday.

After being informed that Spurs always triumph this season when the 26-year-old scores, Pochettino was quick to praise the in-form forward during his post-match press conference.

"Next time Son scores I will go to the dressing room, have a shower and wait for the game to finish," he joked to the media.

"Son was fantastic again, he's doing fantastic. He's a player that provides the team with a lot of very good things.  

"His smile, he translates good energy and his performance in every game is improving. We’re so happy." 

Son was not alone in earning Pochettino's praise, however, as the Spurs boss was ecstatic at the team's performance following a tough Premier League fixture against Leicester City on Sunday.

"I feel so proud. My players are heroes," he added.

"It was a massive victory for us and the players deserve all the credit. It was fantastic. 

"To play with one day less recovery, we need to praise them. They've won the possibility to have a few days off." 

Lucien Favre felt Borussia Dortmund panicked after falling behind against Tottenham and were heavily punished for their lack of focus in the Champions League at Wembley.

Bundesliga leaders Dortmund impressed in the opening 45 minutes of their European last-16 tie away to Tottenham, but they wasted numerous chances in a 3-0 first-leg loss in London.

Having been in a position of strength at the break, Dortmund's night quickly unravelled as Tottenham upped the tempo after the restart on Wednesday.

Son Heung-min gave Spurs the lead before late strikes from Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente sealed victory for the Premier League team.

"We played well in the first half, we had a couple of chances," head coach Favre told reporters at his post-match media conference. "We defended really well and played well going forward. 

"In the start of the second half we gave it away. When we lost the ball and the cross came straight in and was in the back of the net. It was a gift.

"After that we tried to play a bit too hastily and it was very, very difficult for us.

"Sometimes we just had to defend. The second goal we’ve got to move the ball and after the second goal it was harder to hold on to the ball and create chances."

Jadon Sancho had been a shining light as Dortmund started well, but his return to London ended in disappointment. However, the England international is not giving up just yet.

"I don't have any words for the second half," the 18-year-old told BT Sport. "We tried our best but Tottenham scored and were the better team.

"In the first half we played really well. We just dropped a bit and lost focus. In the next game we need to keep focused for the whole game.

"We are still in it, we have to stay focused, we will keep believing we can score more than them and hopefully we can get through to the next round."

Sancho added: "I am just happy that I am in England and playing in front of my family.

"I am happy that I am home and I hope I gave the audience something they never knew about me."

Mauricio Pochettino hailed a fantastic second-half performance from Tottenham as they took a huge step towards the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Spurs had lacked quality in the opening 45 minutes at Wembley but Pochettino worked his magic at the break to inspire more second-half goals for his side.

Tottenham have scored 11 goals after half-time in the Champions League this season, with Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente grabbing the latest three on Wednesday.

Pochettino was pleased with the response he got from his squad, but warned they cannot afford to think about the last eight just yet.

"It was a fantastic second half," the Spurs boss told BT Sport. "The first half was difficult, it was a difficult game from the beginning, difficult for us to find our best positions in both directions, with and without the ball.

"We struggled to play the way we wanted to.

"At half-time we fixed some situations and once we scored we began to play with confidence. It was a fantastic game. But there is still work to do.

"Three-nil is a good result but we need to finish the job."

Spurs' night kicked into gear thanks to Son's fourth goal in as many games in all competitions, but he too was keen to stress they still have plenty of work to do if they are going to progress.

"It's not finished, we have to focus on the second game too," the forward said. 

"Harry [Kane] or Dele [Alli] are very important for us but we have players who can come in and do well. 

"We showed that, Fernando came on too and scored an important goal."

Fellow goalscorer Vertonghen added: "Dortmund looked very strong and had the better of the game but in the second half we were able to turn it around.

"They dropped off a bit then that early goal in the second half helped us. They were happy at 1-0, so we had the confidence to keep going and get the second and third."

Tottenham took a huge step towards the Champions League quarter-finals as goals from Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente sealed a 3-0 first-leg win over Borussia Dortmund.

Son converted Spurs' first shot on target at Wembley on Wednesday as the Bundesliga leaders were made to rue a string of first-half misses.

Mauricio Pochettino's side struggled in the opening 45 minutes but, as has often been the case in the Champions League this season, they found the net in the second period.

After Son's first European goal of the campaign, late efforts from Vertonghen and Llorente put the Premier League title contenders in a fantastic position heading to Signal Iduna Park in three weeks.

Tottenham went agonisingly close to opening the scoring in the seventh minute when Lucas Moura's volley fizzed wide of goal, the Brazilian having controlled Davinson Sanchez's header on his thigh.

It would be as close as Spurs would come, though, as Christian Pulisic, Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney all forced saves out of Hugo Lloris.

The France international had to be at his acrobatic best in the closing minutes of the half as Dan-Axel Zagadou rose to meet Jadon Sancho's cross, the goalkeeper clawing the ball away at full stretch.

Having weathered the storm prior to the break, Spurs opened the scoring two minutes after the restart as Son peeled away from Zagadou to volley Vertonghen's pinpoint cross past Roman Burki.

Toby Alderweireld went close to doubling Tottenham's advantage from a Christian Eriksen corner moments later, but Burki was on hand to keep his header out.

Mahmoud Dahoud wasted a great chance to draw Dortmund level, his meek effort easily saved, and Vertonghen showed him how it should be with a fine volley from Serge Aurier's deep cross.

Substitute Llorente headed in a third in the closing minutes from Eriksen's corner to ensure Spurs take a commanding lead into the return fixture.

Jadon Sancho wants to make the stars of tomorrow say "woah" over his performances, much like he used to when watching his "role model" Ronaldinho.

The England winger has enjoyed a rapid rise since making the brave decision to leave Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund 18 months ago.

Sancho has scored eight goals and contributed 13 assists in 33 Bundesliga appearances to date, form that earned him international recognition with the Three Lions.

Growing up, it was former Brazil, Barcelona and AC Milan star Ronaldinho that Sancho aspired to be like and, in an interview with DAZN, the 18-year-old revealed he wants to have a similar impact.

"I can't really speak for everyone, I can only speak on my situation really. My situation was that I just wanted to play football," he said. 

"I've always wanted to be a professional footballer, make people watch me and say, 'Woah'. Like how I used to watch Ronaldinho and go, 'Wow, I want to be like him one day'. 

"Hopefully, I could get to that level one day and players will look up to me and say, 'Wow'.

"My role model was Ronaldinho. The reason behind that is how he just beat people with ease and did things that no one else was doing at his time. That's why it was him."

Despite still being in his teens, Sancho has made a seemingly seamless step into professional football and credits former City team-mate and fellow England international Raheem Sterling, and Dortmund star Marco Reus as the biggest influences on his fledgling career. 

"There're a lot of good players I've played with. Raheem Sterling will have to be one. Marco Reus is definitely one," he added. 

"Him [Reus] and Sterling have had the biggest impact on my life. Reus, his case is that he's helped me mature as a player, he can tell when I'm playing my game and when I'm not. 

"Off the pitch as well, we have a lot of fun together, we talk a lot and chill together. That's what's so good about our relationship, on the pitch and off the pitch."

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has yet to decide if Jadon Sancho will be punished after he left his passport at home and delayed the team's flight to London ahead of facing Tottenham in the Champions League.

All eyes will be on Sancho when he features against Spurs at Wembley, as the England international is set for something of a homecoming in the city where he grew up.

It will be Sancho's first competitive club match on English soil since opting to leave Manchester City to join Dortmund in 2017.

Still just 18, the winger has made a real impression in the Bundesliga, scoring seven times in 21 league games this season to help his side top the table.

However, his preparations for Wednesday's outing were hardly ideal, as he initially lforgot his passport and had to rush back from the airport to collect it.

When asked if Sancho will be punished, Favre told reporters: "We'll see. We will talk about this between us internally."

Sancho's team-mate Thomas Delaney played down the situation, before praising the teenager, whom he feels responsible for.

"Dortmund is not London [in terms of size], we were only 17 minutes late," Delaney said.

"Jadon is a very great talent, and talent also opens up opportunities. He's only 18 years old, but he's already excellent, and I feel somewhat responsible for keeping him grounded.

"In England he is very hyped, I think he has a big future, but it takes hard work."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is not surprised by Jadon Sancho's rise to prominence at Borussia Dortmund.

The England international left Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017, feeling first-team football would be easier to come by away from the Premier League.

He was already highly rated following after helping England win the Under-17 World Cup earlier the same year, but his performances since have outlined him as arguably the most exciting teenager in world football.

Still just 18, Sancho has set up nine Bundesliga goals and scored seven himself in 21 appearances this season, becoming a key part of Dortmund's attack alongside Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus.

London-born, Sancho will enjoy something of a homecoming against Tottenham at Wembley in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday, and Pochettino believes the success he has had in Germany was to be expected.

"I haven't been so much surprised with him, because I knew what he was capable of doing what he's doing now, with game time," Pochettino told reporters at his pre-match news conference.

"We were talking in the last few years that he was a massive prospect to be a very good player. He is showing in Germany that he can handle the Bundesliga and the Champions League."

Spurs scraped through the group stage, finishing level on eight points with Inter and progressing due to a better head-to-head record against the Italian side.

Pochettino accepts reaching the knockout phase is a bonus, though he is adamant Spurs are capable of beating any of the sides left in the competition.

"Champions League for a third year in a row is a bonus," he said. "How we are competing in the Premier League and Champions League, to be in the last 16 is a bonus.

"The other day I saw that from the beginning of December that we're the best team in the Premier League and that speaks very highly of the squad. They are giving their best and I am so proud to be in front of this group of players.

"I really believe we can win every game we play, but we know this competition is so tough. We are facing a team on the top of the German table. With all respect to the team we're playing, we always believe we can beat anyone.

"If you are honest with yourself with what Tottenham are doing in the last few years, I think it's fantastic from the top to the bottom. It's to try to be closer in the future to winning. It will be tough."

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has resisted the urge to taunt his England team-mates ahead of a meeting with Tottenham in which he admits he has "something more to prove".

England teenager Sancho moved to the Bundesliga in 2017 and has since established himself as one of Europe's most exciting talents.

But having never played in the Premier League, the 18-year-old is aware that there will be a lot of interest in his home country as he takes on Spurs in the Champions League this week.

"You feel you have something more to prove," he told ESPN. "I know a lot of people - especially a lot of young kids and also England fans - will be coming to the game to see what I'm about."

Sancho is set to face Three Lions colleagues such as Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier and Harry Winks, while Dele Alli and Harry Kane are recovering from injuries.

The former Manchester City star has passed up the opportunity to poke fun at his team-mates, though, saying: "[There has been] a lot of 'we'll see you soon' and 'we're going to beat you', just things like that [from Tottenham players].

"Dele? He's got the most to say. I just sit back and stay quiet."

Sancho has been seen as something of a trailblazer after making the early move to Germany, facing Hoffenheim's Reiss Nelson on Saturday while Callum Hudson-Odoi was widely linked with a January move to Bayern Munich.

Of a potential influx of English players in the Bundesliga, Sancho added: "It's a good feeling, a nice feeling.

"It's a good thing to give other players the opportunities somewhere else and not just at home. Give them a wider vision of what's out there. I'm happy that I've opened doors."

Eric Dier provided Tottenham with a fitness boost by training on Tuesday ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund.

The England international was absent for Sunday's 3-1 Premier League victory over Leicester City due to a virus but was back involved in Tuesday's session.

However, in the section open to the media, there was no sign of striker Harry Kane and full-back Danny Rose.

Despite being initially ruled out until March with ankle ligament damage, Kane was back in training last week.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino had already reiterated he would not be available for Wednesday's clash with Dortmund at Wembley, though.

The club later revealed on Twitter that Rose had sustained a shin injury against Leicester and will be assessed before the Champions League match.

Midfielder Dele Alli, sidelined by a hamstring injury, was only limited to work in the gym on Tuesday.

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