Harry Kane has returned to full Tottenham training as he nears the end of his recovery from an ankle injury.

Kane has been missing since damaging ankle ligaments against Manchester United in January and he was initially expected to be out until March.

The England captain has missed seven matches for Spurs, including last week's impressive 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

But Kane is back in the fold ahead of schedule, with Spurs confirming on Wednesday that the striker had returned to training with the squad.

The comeback raises the possibility that Kane could feature at Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.

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."

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.

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.

Borussia Dortmund will be without Marco Reus, Julian Weigl, Paco Alcacer and Lukasz Piszczek for their Champions League trip to Tottenham on Wednesday, the club have announced.

Dortmund head to Spurs looking to take a good result back to Germany for the last-16 second leg in early March, but they find themselves in an unenviable position in terms of absences.

Reus has been vital in their charge to the top of the Bundesliga this season, scoring 13 times and setting up another six goals in 19 appearances.

But, the attacker who has suffered with numerous injuries over the last three years, is out with a thigh problem, having also missed the 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Alcacer, also impressive this term with 12 league goals, featured off the bench against Hoffenheim, but he has a shoulder problem.

Weigl will miss the match with the flu, while Piszczek has a foot injury.

Dortmund go into the match at Wembley having not won any of their last three games in all competitions.

Liverpool versus Bayern Munich is arguably the tie of the round in the Champions League's last 16, but it is just one of three matches between Bundesliga and Premier League sides at this stage of the competition.

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund will go head-to-head with Tottenham, while Schalke's January signing Rabbi Matondo will have a chance to show his old club Manchester City what they are missing.

Games between German and English giants have often produced classic matches, with the 1999 and 2012 Champions League finals among them.

Here, Omnisport picks out six of the most memorable meetings between Bundesliga and Premier League sides in Europe's elite competitions.

 

Bayern Munich 1 Norwich City 2 - 19/10/1993

Jeremy Goss is perhaps an unexpected player with whom to start, but it was the Wales international who put Norwich on track for one of the most remarkable results in the club's history. Mike Walker's side took the lead in this UEFA Cup second round clash with a stunning Goss volley and the Canaries' advantage was doubled by another Welshman, Mark Bowen. Although Christian Nerlinger grabbed one back for Bayern, they could not find a way to beat Bryan Gunn again. Norwich subsequently held Bayern to a 1-1 draw at home in the second leg to seal one of the great European upsets, although they were knocked out by Inter - the eventual champions - in the third round.


Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1 - 26/05/1999

At Camp Nou in the 1999 Champions League final, United produced one of football's greatest ever comebacks. Mario Basler's early goal put Bayern on track to complete the treble, but it was not to be as Alex Ferguson's United instead achieved that feat. Bayern still led 1-0 when the game entered stoppage time, but three minutes later their dreams were shattered and their players were left in shock with many unable to rouse themselves off the pitch. First, Teddy Sheringham capitalised on the chaos caused by Peter Schmeichel going up for a corner to stab home the equaliser. And then, in the third minute of added time, another corner found Sheringham and he touched it on for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to finish.

Bayer Leverkusen 4 Liverpool 2 (4-3 agg) - 09/04/2002

Three years later at the quarter-final stage, Liverpool missed out on a last-four clash with rivals United after failing to capitalise on a 1-0 lead earned in the first leg of their tie against Bayer Leverkusen. Abel Xavier cancelled out Michael Ballack's opener, but the Germany midfielder struck again four minutes before Dimitar Berbatov put Leverkusen ahead in the tie. Reds substitute Jari Litmanen replied to put Liverpool on track to progress on away goals, but Lucio struck late to settle a pulsating tie at the BayArena.


Manchester United 3 Bayern Munich 2 (4-4 agg) - 07/04/2010

A sensational goal by Arjen Robben earned Bayern a measure of revenge for their final defeat 11 years earlier when they knocked United out on away goals in this semi-final. United were 3-0 up before half-time and seemingly cruising into what would have been a third consecutive appearance in the Champions League final. But Ivica Olic beat Edwin van der Sar to give the Bundesliga giants hope and when Rafael da Silva was sent off early in the second half his dismissal handed the initiative to Bayern, who were then coached by future United boss Louis van Gaal. Robben's wonderful volley saw Bayern progress, but they lost the final 2-0 to Jose Mourinho's Inter.


Bayern Munich v Chelsea (1-1 aet, Chelsea won 4-3 on pens) - 19/05/2012

There was more Champions League heartbreak for Bayern in 2012 as Didier Drogba's spot-kick earned Chelsea their first title in the competition - at Munich's Allianz Arena, no less. As in 1999 Bayern had led, this time Thomas Muller giving them the advantage, but Drogba struck to send the match into extra time. During the additional 30 minutes Bayern winger Arjen Robben, formerly of the Blues, had a penalty saved by Petr Cech with the final going to spot kicks as a result. Although Manuel Neuer saved Chelsea's first effort from Juan Mata, Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger failed to convert their efforts and Drogba stepped up to make history for Chelsea. Bayern at least made amends by beating Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the following year's final.

Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 3 (5-4 agg) - 14/04/2016

Jurgen Klopp taking on his old club provided a stunning Europa League quarter-final three years ago, with Liverpool progressing to the last four thanks to Dejan Lovren's goal in front of the Kop in added time. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the first 10 minutes for Dortmund and although Divock Origi hit back for the Reds, Marco Reus then restored his side's two-goal cushion. It would not be enough, though, as Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and then Lovren struck amid a frantic atmosphere to write a fresh chapter in Liverpool's book of famous European nights at Anfield.

Mauricio Pochettino slammed referee Michael Oliver for his "unbelievable" decision to book Son Heung-min for an apparent dive during Tottenham's 3-1 win over Leicester City.

Although Spurs ultimately ran out comfortable victors, they arguably could have won by even more had Son been awarded a penalty in the 16th minute.

The South Korea international went tumbling in the area after an attempted tackle by Harry Maguire, but referee Oliver showed him a yellow card after deeming he had dived.

It had little impact on the end result, even if the scoreline flattered Spurs, but manager Pochettino was infuriated by the incident.

Speaking to reporters, he said: "Do you think that Sonny deserved to be booked?

"Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable. When you compare the situation with the penalty against us, unbelievable.

"The problem is, I told Michael Oliver the situation of Liverpool in the last minute that should be a penalty [Son was brought down by Sadio Mane], to maybe be 2-2, maybe 2-1, but it was a clear penalty.

"It was the same referee, but now I don't know how he has measured the situation. It is so difficult. I am a person that always accepts the mistake, but I think it was so strange the situation.

"It was so clear the position [Sunday] with Sonny, the action, but it wasn't clear the position of [Leicester's James] Maddison when he was on the floor.

"I think it is unbelievable. I am more relaxed because we won the game, three important points we got, but so disappointed with the situation because everyone wants to talk about different clubs or players, but do you think we are a team that is trying to cheat the referee?

"Come on, we are the most innocent people on the pitch."

Mauricio Pochettino described his players as "heroes" after their 3-1 defeat of Leicester City provided a fourth straight Premier League win.

Goals from Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min secured the three points for the home side at Wembley, despite a consolation from Jamie Vardy, who missed a penalty when the score was 1-0 to Spurs.

Leicester had 20 shots to Spurs' 12 and were guilty of missing several chances through James Maddison and Harvey Barnes, while Vardy's spot-kick was saved by Hugo Lloris just three minutes before Eriksen made it 2-0.

With Harry Kane and Dele Alli still out injured and no new signings made in January, Pochettino thinks his players deserve huge credit for a run of form that has kept them within five points of first place.

"I feel very proud," he told Sky Sports. "[It was] a fantastic result, fantastic spirit until the end. Leicester played so well. I think if you want to fight for big things, you need a little bit of luck and it was for our side, but we deserved it.

"In the circumstances, my players are heroes. The effort is amazing. With all the circumstances, again, we are there, we are fighting, showing great character. Sometimes, like this afternoon, it wasn't out best performance, but I think the team is doing fantastic."

Pochettino was particularly pleased with Lloris, who made nine saves throughout the match.

"He's one of the best keepers in the world," he said. "He showed it at the World Cup, lifting the trophy, and he showed it in five, six years here. He was key, but when you need this type of performance from your top player, they were there. I think he's going to feel amazing now."

Leicester boss Claude Puel was left frustrated as his side failed to make the most of their opportunities, but he did not pin any blame on substitute Vardy, who missed the penalty with his first touch of the ball.

"I think it's difficult," he said. "[There are] a lot of regrets. It was a game in our hands, and we had a lot of chances and created a lot of good moves. We didn't find the good finish.

"We had all the opportunities to win the game. It's encouraging to play this way and put this quality on the pitch. But there are regrets after all these chances.

"I said to Jamie Vardy he can take the penalty. All the game we had a lot of chances."

Tottenham battled to a 3-1 victory over Leicester City on Sunday to close to within five points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

A first goal for the club from Davinson Sanchez and a fine strike from Christian Eriksen were enough to give Mauricio Pochettino's side the win at Wembley.

Jamie Vardy, who missed a penalty with his first touch as a substitute, halved the deficit with 14 minutes to go but Son Heung-min struck a third on the break to seal the three points in injury time.

Kasper Schmeichel blocked a Danny Rose strike after a good run from the left-back, but Leicester looked the more threatening of the sides in the opening half-hour, with James Maddison twice dragging shots wide from good positions.

It was Spurs who struck first after 33 minutes, though. Kieran Trippier sent a corner to Eriksen on the edge of the box, and his cross was headed in by Sanchez, who looked very close to being offside.

Demarai Gray headed a great chance straight at Hugo Lloris as Leicester threatened again early in the second half, with Puel turning to Vardy on the bench before the hour mark, but the striker saw his penalty comfortably saved by Lloris after Jan Vertonghen was judged to have fouled Maddison.

Three minutes later, Spurs had their second. Ricardo Pereira - who conceded possession in the build-up to Marcus Rashford's goal at the King Power Stadium last week - gave away the ball near his own box, allowing Fernando Llorente to set up Eriksen to fire beyond Schmeichel from 20 yards out.

Harvey Barnes produced another tame finish when sent through on goal by Vardy, before Pereira made amends for his earlier error by sending in a low cross that Vardy flicked past Lloris.

Any threat of a comeback was killed by Son in injury time, though, as he raced clear on the break into Leicester's half of the field before slotting the ball beyond Schmeichel.

What does it mean? Spurs' title challenge trundles on

Spurs are back to within five points of leaders Liverpool and you have to consider them to have a shout of a title shot, with 12 games still to play.

This was another outing where they rode their luck at times, especially when Vardy's penalty miss and a series of poor finishes from Maddison and Barnes are taken into account, but Pochettino's side simply keep finding a way to get the points.

Leicester's 12th defeat of the season keeps them 12th in the table, and Puel's future is likely to remain under scrutiny.

Sanchez solid for shaky Spurs

Pochettino's defence did not always look convincing, making Sanchez's performance at the heart of the back four particularly key. He also took his goal well with a clever header.

Maddison not ready to match Eriksen

Maddison has been excellent for Leicester this season, but he was outshone by Eriksen, the man he has been tipped to replace at Spurs. He wasted a number of good opportunities with poor shots or final passes.

What's next?

Spurs turn their attentions to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League before their next league game on February 23 at Burnley. Leicester have a 13-day break until they host Crystal Palace.

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