Spurs warmed up for their Champions League showdown against the Bundesliga leaders with a hard-fought win over Leicester.

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Hugo Lloris saved Tottenham against Leicester, but the captain knows he will not be able to repeat the feat if his side defend the same against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The France international kept out Jamie Vardy's penalty, which was the striker's first touch of the game, and made a number of other important stops as Spurs won 3-1 at Wembley.

Although the scoreline suggests an easy win for Mauricio Pochettino, Leicester were well in the game and had 20 shots at goal.

Hugo Lloris played a key role in Spurs' win over Leicester on Sunday
Hugo Lloris played a key role in Spurs' win over Leicester on Sunday (John Walton/PA)

Lloris was able to bail his side out, but the prospect of conceding so many chances against the Bundesliga leaders in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie worries him.

"Leicester played in a fantastic way and I think we won the game thanks to our spirit and character," Lloris said. "Without that, we could not win this game.

"I think we need to improve the team performance. We won but against a bigger side we couldn't have won that type of game. It's up to us.

"Against a bigger side it would be even more difficult to win. It's the way you manage the season too, though. Sometimes you deserve to win, like the game against Man United, and you lost.

"Leicester deserved better but we won. This is the league. It's a long way and without spirit and character, it's difficult.

"The mentality is great in the changing room and we showed that again on a difficult day."

It could have been a different story at Wembley had Lloris not saved Vardy's penalty midway through the second half.

The Foxes were preparing to bring on the former England striker when James Maddison was fouled in the box and at the break of play the substitution was made, with Vardy going straight over to take the spot-kick.

But Lloris guessed the right way from Vardy' first kick of the match.

"Yes (I am surprised), because his first touch is a penalty," the Frenchman added. "At the same time, he's a great player so it's not a problem for him.

"You need a bit of luck and it helped us to keep believing and then we scored the second goal.

Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund twice in last season's Champions League
Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund twice in last season's Champions League (Nick Potts/PA)

"It was a good moment for me and the team because at that moment if we conceded a goal the game would have changed completely."

Attention now turns to the Champions League visit of Dortmund on Wednesday, where Spurs face a much better team than the one they beat twice in last season's group stage.

Lucien Favre's team are five points ahead of Bayern Munich at the top of the table and are having a season to remember.

"They play fantastic football," Lloris added. "They have so many fantastic players and I'm not surprised they're top of the league in Germany.

"The manager is very good with a great idea of football. It's going to be very, very difficult.

"We need to obviously improve the team performance, compared to today, and we need the stadium to push, to help us.

"In some days it's difficult to deal with Wembley but hopefully in this big game we'll receive this help from the crowd."

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Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min's record vs. Borussia Dortmund

Tottenham Hotspur play host to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night looking to put themselves in control of the last-16 tie before the reverse fixture in Germany.

Spurs struggled to the runners-up spot in a group containing Barcelona and Inter Milan, but Mauricio Pochettino's team have recorded three successive victories in all competitions.

The North London outfit will be without Harry Kane for the fixture at Wembley Stadium, but Son Heung-min is no stranger to facing the Bundesliga leaders.

Ahead of this week's meeting, Sports Mole assesses how the South Korean has fared in his previous outings against Dortmund.

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Son represented Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen before his switch to Spurs, and it means that the attacker has played against Dortmund on 10 different occasions.

Six of those matches came in Germany's top flight, with Son netting a total of five goals from those outings which includes back-to-back doubles for Hamburg during the 2012-13 campaign.

Four wins and a draw came from six contests in the Bundesliga, but Son was on the losing side in both matches when Spurs played Dortmund in the last 16 of the Europa League in 2016.

However, it was a different story during the closing months of 2017. Spurs recorded back-to-back wins in the Champions League with Son netting in both of those encounters.

Son heads into this week's clash having netted in each of his last three appearances against Dortmund.

Tottenham Hotspur team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Borussia Dortmund

Mauricio Pochettino will continue his bid to win his first trophy as Tottenham Hotspur manager on Wednesday night when his team host Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Spurs recorded just one point from their first three group-stage fixtures, but two wins and a draw in the second half of the campaign secured the runners-up spot behind Barcelona.

The North London outfit have not produced their best form on the domestic front since the start of 2019, but three successive wins have been registered in the Premier League.

The latest of those came on Sunday afternoon as Spurs overcame a valiant effort from Leicester City to prevail by a 3-1 scoreline at Wembley Stadium.

Here, Sports Mole looks at Spurs' latest injury and suspension news ahead of their showdown with the Bundesliga leaders.



SPURS' INJURY LIST

Harry Kane

Spurs frontman Harry Kane sits injured on January 13, 2019© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: February 23

Harry Kane has been absent from the first-team squad since sustaining an ankle injury against Manchester United in the middle of January. Reports have suggested that the forward is making good progress in his recovery, but Pochettino has indicated that the club's top goalscorer will not return until the Premier League fixture away at Burnley on February 23.


Dele Alli

Dele Alli sits injured on January 20, 2019© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Hamstring
Possible return date: March 2

Dele Alli has not featured for Spurs since sustaining a hamstring injury against Fulham on January 20. The midfielder had already been carrying an issue with the same muscle, and is unlikely to return before the start of March.


Ben Davies

Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies goes down injured against Chelsea in January 2019© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Groin
Possible return date: Unknown

Ben Davies suffered a groin problem during the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals against Chelsea, and the Welshman has remained on the sidelines ever since. It remains unclear when the left-sided defender will return to action.


Vincent Janssen

Tottenham Hotspur's Vincent Janssen applauds fans on April 15, 2017© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Pochettino has revealed that Janssen is part of his first-team squad for the rest of the season, but the Dutchman is currently carrying a knee injury and is not in contention to play for the foreseeable future.


Eric Dier

Eric Dier in action for Spurs on January 24, 2019© Reuters

Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Illness
Possible return date: February 13

Eric Dier was absent from the squad to face Leicester City at the weekend, but Pochettino has suggested that he expects the England international to play a part in his squad on Wednesday night.


Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela tries to break clear in Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League meeting with Newcastle United on February 2, 2019© Reuters

Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Back
Possible return date: February 13

Erik Lamela was left out of the squad for Sunday's meeting with the Foxes due to a back problem, but the playmaker is expected to feature on the bench against Dortmund.


SPURS' SUSPENSION LIST

Tottenham have no suspensions for this match.


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