Spurs 2-1 Saints - Mauricio's reaction
19 March 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino gave an honest assessment after we secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Southampton at the Lane ‘not brilliant, but a solid win’.
A wonderful strike from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli’s penalty put us in control in the first half.
However, Southampton replied through James Ward-Prowse on 52 minutes and put us under pressure in the second half without seriously testing Hugo Lloris again.
Mauricio and the players admitted it was a more workmanlike win than the performances we’ve seen of late against the likes of Chelsea, West Brom, Stoke and Everton but nevertheless, that is 10 straight wins at home in the Premier League, a huge achievement, building on our previous best of eight in the Premier League era.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV
“At 2-0, we conceded a goal and allowed them to believe they could get a result, we didn’t kill the game off so it was always open,” reflected Mauricio.
“I’m pleased with the performance. I thought we played well and deserved to win. It’s true it wasn’t a brilliant performance but it was very solid and when you don’t play at the level you normally play it’s important to be solid and win games.”
You said we weren’t brilliant, but still won - how important is that winning mentality?
Mauricio: “That’s important, to keep that mentality and keep working hard, try to believe. That’s key for the team.”
Christian’s opening goal was a beauty, he’s in great form…
Mauricio: “Yes, very good and I’m pleased for him and very pleased for the whole team because we played in a good way. It was difficult, Southampton were tough, we knew that and it was competitive.”
Below: Christian Eriksen celebrates the opener
A lot of talk before the game was how we’d score without Harry Kane – yet Dele, Christian and Sonny now have 41 goals between them!
Mauricio: “You will always miss your main striker and someone like Harry Kane, he’s one of the best strikers in the world but all we can do now is be motivated and try to take the games in the same direction and the same way we took before and try to win. I have full confidence in the squad and football is always about the whole team.”
How about making it 10 wins on the trot at home in the Premier League?
Mauricio: “It’s fantastic and I’m very pleased for the players, the fans and the Club. It’s a good thing for us and the next challenge is to try to win the next game.”