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LONDON (AP) — Son Heung-min has every reason to be constantly smiling www.thetopsoccer.com/as-roma , and Tottenham has many reasons to be thankful.For a footballer so understated, so seemingly undemanding, the forward has become indispensable for Tottenham.Borussia Dortmund was reminded of that in the Champions League on Wednesday night, when Son scored the opener to spark a 3-0 victory in the last-16 first leg. It was Son’s ninth goal in 11 games against Dortmund, including his time in Germany playing for Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen.In his fourth season at Tottenham, the 26-year-old South Korean has emerged as one of English football’s most influential players. In the 13 games Son has scored this season, Tottenham has gone on to win.“Next time when Son scores, I go to the dressing room and shower,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino joked, “and wait for the game to finish.”There was little for Pochettino to laugh about a month ago when top-scorer Harry Kane damaged ligaments in his left ankles. But Son is helping to dispel suggestions Tottenham is overly reliant on Kane, inspiring this commanding lead over Dortmund that was secured by late goals from Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente.Son’s contribution — 11 goals in his last 12 games — is even more remarkable considering he started the season at the Asian Games and took a couple of weeks out in January to go to the Asian Cup with South Korea.“Son is a player that of course has a lot of quality and is a very talented player,” Pochettino said. “But he is always available to learn, improve and listen to what you expect from him. He is capable of adapting the quality in different situations.”He proved that right at the start of the second half after Tottenham had been run ragged in the opening 45 minutes and was on the back foot after an error-strewn performance.In the dressing room, Pochettino got the video clips out during the break.“We showed a few actions defensively and positions in the offensive situations,” Pochettino said.Within two minutes of the restart, Tottenham was in front after Dortmund left Son unmarked to volley into the net to make it four goals in as many games since returning from the Asian Cup.“I just had to touch the ball Cheap Atletico Madrid Soccer Jerseys ,” Son said, praising Jan Vertonghen, who provided the cross.Son celebrated with a trademark Tottenham handshake, but went over to Serge Aurier rather than Vertonghen.“I feel sorry,” Son laughed after the game alongside Vertonghen, “because I didn’t run to him and I ran to the other side.”Vertonghen got his own chance to celebrate as Tottenham scored two late goals inside three minutes.Vertonghen raced into the penalty area and arrived at the back post to volley in Aurier’s cross in the 83rd minute.“Technically he’s just unbelievable,” Son said of Vertonghen, who was playing at left wingback rather than in central defense. “He can play every position. He deserves a goal and an assist.”With Dortmund struggling, Llorente scored the third in the 86th when he got a slight touch with his head to turn in Christian Eriksen’s corner.It was a night to forget for United States international Christian Pulisic, who will be playing in London for Chelsea next season, and Jadon Sancho, the 18-year-old former Manchester City attacker who faded in the second half.“We lost focus,” Sancho said. “Son is a good player but hopefully we can handle him better in the second leg.”It is the third setback in a week for Dortmund, which was knocked out of the German Cup by Werder Bremen and then drew with Hoffenheim in the league.“There are periods of a season when things aren’t top, top, top Cheap Barcelona Soccer Jerseys ,” Dortmund manager Lucien Favre said. “We need to analyze and work hard to avoid and correct these errors.”But Dortmund has a five-point lead in the Bundesliga over Bayern Munich, while Tottenham is five points off the pace in the Premier League in third. This is first time the London team has made the knockout phase in Europe’s elite competition in successive seasons. Unlike Dortmund, Tottenham has never lifted the European Cup.In the night’s other game, Real Madrid scored a later winner to beat Ajax 2-1 in Amsterdam. PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain fans were no doubt brimming with confidence about facing Manchester United when the Champions League draw was made nearly two months ago.Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were scoring with ease, Marco Verratti was pulling the strings in midfield, and the club had secured impressive back-to-back wins against Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade to qualify for the last 16 at Napoli’s expense.United was struggling under then-coach Jose Mourinho, and creative players like Paul Pogba were not suited to his gritty and tactically stifling approach.Now the tables have been turned, and injury-hit PSG’s trip to Old Trafford has taken on a daunting dimension. United is unbeaten since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge and Pogba, so unhappy under Mourinho, can’t stop smiling.Or scoring.Pogba got one of France’s goals in the World Cup final win against Croatia last year , and always had an eye for goal when playing for Juventus.Even more so now.He netted twice in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Fulham and has 11 league goals so far.CONTRASTING FORTUNESWhile Saturday afternoon was good for United, Saturday evening proved to be awful for PSG .In a matter of hours, the complexion of Tuesday’s game changed even further.Already missing Neymar because of a right foot injury , the French champion lost two more players.Cavani, PSG’s all-time leading scorer Cheap Bayern Munich Soccer Shirts , damaged a tendon in his right hip in the 1-0 win against Bordeaux, and goal-scoring right-back Thomas Meunier sustained a mild concussion. These injuries follow on from midfielder Marco Verratti’s sprained ankle three weeks ago.Facing a pumped-up and revitalized United lineup at Old Trafford would have been difficult enough with everyone fit, but PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has problems in every position except goalkeeper. There, at least, he has the reassuring presence of Italy great Gianluigi Buffon .But Tuchel is missing two of his best three forwards, and he isn’t even sure if Verratti will be ready for a game of such intensity having played only 58 minutes against Bordeaux on his return from injury.QUESTIONABLE CHOICESCircumstances and choices, not just injuries, have made for an increasingly difficult situation at PSG.The problems in midfield, for example, could have been resolved far earlier by bringing Adrien Rabiot back into the side.But Tuchel has been told that Rabiot — who is in a disagreement with sporting director Antero Henrique — is not to be selected because of a contract wrangle that has dragged on .With Neymar and Cavani out it means that Mbappe, the French league’s 17-goal top scorer, is certain to start at center forward.While United’s shaky defense will fear facing another of France’s World Cup stars , they may be less worried about his strike partner. If Tuchel goes with a 4-4-2 formation that is likely going to include the ineffective Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.He has scored only once in 12 league matches since joining from unheralded English side Stoke and did not stand out against a mediocre Bordeaux team. In one second-half moment, he even passed to an opponent.Tuchel could be tempted to innovate by using Julian Draxler in a 4-5-1, with the Germany winger effectively operating as a playmaker behind Mbappe. But Draxler’s versatility suits Tuchel elsewhere and he could be chosen in central midfield, especially if Verratti does not start.COPING IN DEFENSEUnited’s attack is brimming with confidence.PSG’s defense must cope with speed www.thetopsoccer.com/borussia-dortmund , skill and power when facing internationals Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku.Stopping the midfield supply line to them, or to Chile star Alexis Sanchez if he is selected, is vital. Tuchel, therefore, needs strong holding midfielders against Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic — an impressive trio blending strength, tenacity and technique.It might mean moving defender Marquinhos into the center of midfield, alongside Verratti, Draxler or the recently-signed Leandro Paredes.Yet picking Marquinhos would deprive PSG of its best and most consistent center half. Tuchel may have no choice, especially considering Paredes has played only three games for the club — two as substitute — since joining from Zenit St. Petersburg.It’s all potentially confusing for Tuchel.But while Tuchel has mitigating circumstances, he was hired to reach at least the semifinals of the competition, after Unai Emery and Laurent Blanc were fired for their perceived failures in Europe.