Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hopes his young side have learned a valuable lesson in their Europa League exit at the hands of Borussia Dortmund.
Spurs were beaten 2-1 on the night – 5-1 on aggregate – by the side sitting second in the Bundesliga.
Pochettino hopes to be leading his side into games against opponents of the same calibre more often next season by qualifying for the Champions League and believes nights like this one will be an important education for his players.
He told BT Sport 1: “I’m very disappointed we’re out of the Europa League but we need to recognise we played against a very good team (playing at) a Champions League level, because Borussia Dortmund is one of the best teams in Europe.
“I think we improved a lot, learned a lot from last week in Germany. We competed and we need to take positives.
“We have a lot of young players that need to feel what it means to compete in Europe and I think for the team it was a good test and we can take positive things.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for Dortmund, while Son Heung-min netted a consolation for the hosts following a defensive error from Neven Subotic.
Pochettino admitted Aubameyang’s opener all but ended Tottenham’s chances.
He added: “Your expectation is to turn the tie but against a very good team it was difficult. We tried to score and they score an unbelievable goal from Aubameyang and this killed a little bit our possibility to come into the tie.”