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23 July 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino underlined the importance of Christian Eriksen’s cracker on our way to a 4-2 win against PSG in Orlando on Saturday.

“It was a very important goal because at that moment, we felt like we were alive,” said the manager, who praised the players for their hard work so far in the Florida sunshine after this impressive victory.

Christian’s 30-yarder that flew off the underside of the crossbar brought us back into the game after PSG started brightly and took the lead through Edinson Cavani on six minutes.

Eric Dier put us ahead on 18 minutes as we stepped up a gear only for Javier Pastore to level at 2-2 before half-time.

PSG’s German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was then sent off for deliberate handball just 20 seconds into the second half, so it was now an exercise in patience against 10 men.

It worked out as Toby Alderweireld almost matched Christian’s effort with a fizzer of his own from 25 yards to make it 3-2 with eight minutes left and it was left for Harry Kane to settle it at 4-2 from the penalty spot.

“It’s always good to win but the result is less important, for us, it’s about getting fit,” said Mauricio. “It was the first game and when you play this type of fixture against a team like Paris Saint-Germain and recover that feeling of competition after the summer, it’s always important.”

Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV after the PSG game in Orlando.

What are you looking for in these ICC matches? 
Mauricio: “First of all it’s to try to provide the players with the fitness they need to compete. It’s always difficult because there were a lot changes and we’re mixing the younger players with the senior players to settle them. I’m very happy, there are always things to improve and that is football.”

It’s always good to win though… 
Mauricio: “Yes, winning is always a good habit. It’s true that today it’s not the most important thing because our priority is not the result but if you win it’s always better. Winning is a habit and we need to keep that and keep the same feeling from how we finished last season.”

What about Christian’s goal? 
Mauricio: “Yes, ‘Golazo’, that’s what we call him. It was a great goal. Christian is doing well, both he and Ben Davies played 90 minutes, they are great professionals and it’s important to keep that level and we’ll help them to improve more.”

On the pre-season work so far… 
Mauricio: “When you play this type of game, conditions are so difficult and it’s a tough first game for us, so we need to see things differently and be happy. Look how the players work now after the game, 45 minutes, still training inside in the gym, for me, the value of that is unbelievable. They are so open to work and they know we have to work hard to try to be successful next season.”

Finally, on Harry Winks’ return… 
Mauricio: “It was very important for him, he’s not 100 per cent but it's now about competing, playing, training and pushing himself to try to be fit and to recover the feeling he had before he was injured last season.”