Wednesday night’s defeat at the hands of Monaco hit hard, but it was back to business in the Premier League with a dominant performance against Sunderland at the Lane.
We amassed 31 efforts at goal - including 10 inside the first 20 minutes - but had to wait until just before the hour mark when Harry Kane slotted home the only goal of the game.
We put pressure on Sunderland from the first to the last minute and it was apt that effort number 31 featured the ‘men of the match’ as Heung-Min Son’s arrow to the top corner was tipped aside by Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the seventh minute of added time.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV at the Lane
The result takes us up to third and stretches our unbeaten start to 2016-17 to five matches.
“This is the way we want to see the team play,” said Mauricio. “It’s not always about the result, it’s about showing energy, performance, trying to win, to battle, to fight in every action and for that, I’m very happy.
“After that, it’s true we created a lot of chances to score and only scored once, but it’s three points and important to be in the top four.”
On our fast start
Mauricio: “The players were all agreed after Wembley that we needed to show another way, to be more aggressive and show more passion. We were fantastic. In the end, it was only 1-0 after we created a lot of chances but I’m happy with the three points and now we look forward to the next game against Gillingham in the (EFL) Cup (on Wednesday).”
On making changes
Mauricio: “It’s always to provide the team with more energy. The squad is most important and look today at the problems with Mousa, Eric Dier and Harry Kane. Now, in a difficult period and a lot of games, you need all the squad. It’s tough sometimes when you start the season because only 11 players can play but to share the minutes is important, that’s why we have 25 players.”
On those injuries
Mauricio: “I don’t think Mousa and Eric will be a big issue, not big problems, I think they will be available for Middlesbrough (next Saturday) but Harry Kane, we need to assess him tomorrow, it was a tough twist of his ankle and we’ll have a scan and see.”