The Fiver | Coming up short in the face of apparently imminent triumph

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With his team holding a commanding 3-0 lead over Borussia Dortmund going into the second leg of their Big Cup last-16 tie, you could be forgiven for assuming Mauricio Pochettino would be in chipper mood. After all, even Dortmund are billing the game as “Mission Impossible” and history suggests Tottenham should be utterly incapable of blowing this one. Of the 130 occasions in Big Cup history that a side has won the first leg 3-0 at home, they have gone on to qualify 123 times – a success rate of 94.6%. Those numbers don’t lie and lead us to conclude that it would take quite a special team to squander this opportunity to make Big Cup quarter-finals for the first time in eight years and only the third time in their history. The kind of reliably unreliable outfit that, for all its talent is ingrained with the sort of mental fragility that invariably leads them to come up short in the face of apparently imminent triumph.

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