However, Mauricio Pochettino's side were hugely impressive over both legs to beat Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate and seal their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, completing the job with a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night.
But the Argentinian inadvertently hinted that he is facing a stint in the stands as punishment for his improper conduct charge from the FA, which came when he clashed with Mike Dean in the aftermath of last month's defeat at Burnley.
Pochettino is deeply unhappy at the sanction, which he suggested would be announced on Wednesday at 10am. "I was talking yesterday with Daniel [Levy, the chairman] and he was very positive".
"I'm very disappointed. If we're not going to receive a help from our football people in our country, only I can laugh".
On his touchline ban, Pochettino said: "You are going to see why tomorrow I am not going to talk".
If Dortmund still had any belief left when they returned from their dressing room, it was evaporated four minutes into the second period when Harry Kane scored the away goal that put Spurs 4-0 up on aggregate, and left the Germans needing five to progress.
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"After the first leg, 3-0, you could see the risk Dortmund took during the game".
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This time they are into the quarter finals of Europe's most prestigious club competition for the first time since 2011 and for only the second time ever.
Their advancement to the last eight represents progression for Pochettino's men after they exited the competition at the last 16 a year ago and the boss hailed it as a "fantastic achievement".
"The team works hard and if he has a chance, especially in big European nights, we need him to score those goals". As a centre-back, everyone knows the way I play and as a left-back I try to do it in my way. "They deserved it, the effort was brilliant", he said.
Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris added: "As expected they pushed in the first 20 mins and we stayed strong together and that's why we got through". "Of course that is only we are going to be in the Champions League quarter-finals but it's a fantastic achievement for the team".