Chelsea 1-3 Spurs - Mauricio's reaction
Sun 01 April 2018, 19:45|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino was happy to give our fans a long-overdue winning feeling at Chelsea on Sunday - but is remaining calm over the race for Champions League qualification.
Christian Eriksen cancelled out Alvaro Morata’s opener for the Blues with a spectacular strike just before half-time, giving us the platform to go on and notch up a 3-1 victory, with Dele Alli scoring twice on his 100th Premier League appearance.
It was the first time we’ve won at Stamford Bridge since 1990 and ensured we’re now eight points clear of our fifth-placed London rivals with seven games remaining.
“It was very good. For our fans it was fantastic to feel again the victory (at Chelsea) after 28 years,” said Mauricio.
“The performance was good with great character and we are so, so, so happy. I heard a lot when I arrived nearly four years ago that it was 24 years since Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge and now after nearly four years we have the possibility to provide that victory to our fans and that is the most important thing - to translate that emotion to our fans is fantastic.”
We now seem ideally placed to go on and seal a third straight season of Champions League football via a top four finish, but Mauricio insists it’s not over yet.
“For me it's not enough,” he said. “We need to be focused and fight to the end, trying to win games.
“It will be so important - a massive three points (to compete for) against Stoke City next weekend. We are going to have a battle because they are going to play for survival and for us it's a massive three points to keep this gap with the teams that are in behind us. Of course the game will be so important, but still it's not enough - for me it's important to keep focused and work hard to try to win games.”
Chelsea took the upper hand on Sunday when Morata headed home but Mauricio was impressed with the way we bounced back to claim maximum points.
“I think the team was calm and relaxed,” he said. “Always you need some luck - the (equalising) goal was fantastic but Christian is capable of making what he made. In the end the 1-1 provided us with great belief and the possibility in the second half to fix some things and play in the way that we play.
“We dominated the game in the second half and we were better than Chelsea - that is the most important thing.”
On Dele’s brace, Mauricio added: “We’re very happy for him. His performance was very good and I think he is happy too. We are all happy and now we try to enjoy (the feeling), but still thinking about the next game.”