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Walker, Vertonghen, Eriksen, Alli and Lloris react to City win

Posted on 3 October 2016  - 12:11

We got the views of Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris after Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

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Dele was responsible for our second goal after Aleksandar Kolarov inadvertently put through his own net to give us an early lead.

Erik Lamela later saw his penalty kick saved by Claudio Bravo, but we remained in control to earn a fine result over Pep Guardiola’s previously-unbeaten Premier League leaders.

Kyle Walker

On post-match emotions
“It’s always good to get a victory before the international break but I think we needed to prove a point today with them going on an unbeaten run and I think we’ve done it in the right fashion. You just need to play the game and not the occasion. We know they’ve got good players and we respect them but apart from that it’s a game of football, it’s 90 minutes with 22 men on the field and we came out on top which is what we all wanted.”

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On changes to the line-up following CSKA Moscow
“You know how the gaffer likes to rotate his squad and we’re all in it as a team. I thought we showed good character, Danny (Rose) was coming back from a hamstring injury and he lasted 90 minutes out there so credit to the fitness coaches and the medical staff for working on him. Long may these performances continue.”

Jan Vertonghen

On our defensive work
“I thought we were very good as a team. I think it would be a bit disrespectful to say that it was just because of the back four and Hugo that we defended well. The guys did so much work for us and that makes it easier for us.”

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On solid start to season
“We want to make a fortress of the Lane and we wanted to start well – it’s the best start in the Premier League for Tottenham and that’s what we wanted. We had to beat a couple of big teams and we delivered and that makes me very proud.”

Christian Eriksen

On whether the scoreline could have been greater
“I think so, with all the chances we had we could have done more but at the end it was still very good. I’m very, very happy that we got the three points. It was a very tough game but we showed our character.”

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On different feeling to winning other games, like 1-0 at home to Sunderland
“Of course it is different but a win is a win. It doesn’t really matter who you’re playing. Against Sunderland, at 1-0, it was very nervy until the end but this was luckily 2-0 so a bit different. If you miss a penalty you still get a little bit nervous but again I think we showed our character and kept believing.”

Dele Alli

On energy from supporters
“I have to say thanks to the fans, their support was fantastic again today and kept us going. If not for them, maybe we wouldn’t be able to press as much as we do. It was a fantastic atmosphere. When they are all screaming like that it’s hard not to run, so it does help. If you start to slip a little, they are right behind you. We have fantastic support here.”

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On the international break
“It’s been a great start but we don’t want to get carried away. We have to focus on the next game now, take the positives, work on the negatives and make sure we keep improving. It was important that we got the win going into the international break to keep our confidence up and we’ll just keep plugging away.”

Hugo Lloris

On importance of beating teams like City
“It’s a bit like last season. The game was in a similar period (to when we beat City at home in 2015-16) and was maybe the real start of the season. It’s true that we had a good result against Liverpool but this win means a lot. It rewards our effort from the start of the season and gives us a lot of energy and confidence for the following weeks.”

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On seeing matches out while in front
“It was like in Moscow – we were very professional and that’s the difference between last season. I’ve said already that we will get more mature but it’s just the beginning of the season and we need to keep our feet on the floor.”

On the team being yet to concede from open play in the Premier League this term
“Yes, but that’s team work. We are all involved in the offensive work and the defensive side and I think we’re all enjoying clean sheets, all enjoying scoring goals and all enjoying wins like this.”