Spurs 1-0 Sunderland - players' view
19 September 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama all weighed in with their post-match opinions after Sunday’s 1-0 home victory over Sunderland.
We maintained our unbeaten start to the Premier League season against the Black Cats with Harry Kane netting the decisive goal in the second half.
The game marked Mousa Dembele’s first start since his return from suspension while Jan was shifted out to left-back as Mauricio Pochettino shuffled his pack.
Moussa Sissoko, meanwhile, earned his first start in our colours following his transfer deadline day move from Newcastle United while Victor was restored to the side in central midfield, teaming up with Dembele for the first time.
On the outcome against Sunderland
“I’m very happy. We played well today, I thought we’d win with a few more goals but we had so many chances it was unbelievable. It felt like we were on top. If you only look at the scoreline perhaps you might think it was a more even game but it wasn’t like that, we were on top. We were very focused today. We missed a lot of chances but kept going.”
On our unbeaten start in the Premier League
“We always want better. It’s a positive start and now we look towards Gillingham and then Middlesbrough.”
On first run-out at the Lane since his suspension
“It felt like home. The supporters are carrying me, just like at Wembley (on Wednesday in the Champions League). It’s amazing. Wembley was unbelievable – I think that was best feeling ever in football. To feel so appreciated, that was the best. I’m very happy to be back.”
On playing a different role
“Obviously I’m used to playing on the left with the Belgium team. I do the job wherever the gaffer asks me to and I think it was a good game for me, defensively I played well and I felt like I got some good crosses in, so it was good.”
On importance of getting the result with reshuffled line-up
“I think we did very well, it was a very good defensive performance. We just gave them one big chance and I think we were always in control. Everyone worked very hard, we wanted to bounce back from Wednesday and we did that. We had to wait a very long time for the first goal but I’m happy we finally got it. If we hadn’t won this game we all would have been very disappointed and obviously I was happy when Harry scored. It’s good for him to score another goal and I hope he is alright.”
On Heung-Min Son’s performance
“For me he was Man of the Match. Sonny is a great player and an even better person – he’s someone who always works hard, wants to play well and wants to be the best guy on the pitch. There’s almost no-one who deserves it more than him so everyone in the dressing room is very happy for him.”
On first appearance at the Lane as a Spurs player
“I’m very happy after my first Spurs game at White Hart Lane in front of our fans. I tried to give my best, we wanted to react (after Wednesday’s defeat to Monaco) and we did well. I think we had a lot of chances, we deserved to win by more goals but we deserved the result overall. The most important thing was to win and we did that so I’m very happy and, as I said, I’m very happy to play my first game at White Hart Lane as a Spurs player.”
On whether the Lane atmosphere lived up to expectations
“Yes, of course, but I knew about it because I’ve played here a lot of times (for Newcastle). The atmosphere today was fantastic from the beginning to the end. We need the fans for everything. There are a lot of games in the season, I’m sure they will be behind us, we will give everything on the pitch game by game and try to win every game, then try to win something at the end.”
On his own contributions
“It was my first Spurs game at White Hart Lane and I’m happy. I know I can do more, I will do better step by step. I played a few minutes against Stoke City and Monaco and then today I played the full game so that’s good. My fitness can really get stronger week by week. Now we have some rest, we have another game on Wednesday, it won’t be easy but it’s at home so I hope we will win this game as well.”
On the one-way nature of the game
“You know, sometimes it’s a little bit frustrating when you have a lot of chances and you know you can score a lot of goals but you don’t get them – it’s always tough. You have to focus a lot but it’s important to get three points, that’s the most important thing today.”
On the overall outcome
“I think we worked very hard and we were unlucky not to score a lot of goals but more importantly we won. They wanted to sit back a lot, we tried to open them up but it wasn’t easy. We were really patient today.”