Spurs 2-1 Swansea - Mauricio's verdict
28 February 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino pointed to the players’ character and the key role of the fans after our thrilling 2-1 win against Swansea.
It looked like it might be one of those days against the Swans.
Trailing to Alberto Paloschi’s 19th-minute goal, we’d hammered away at the door but Lukasz Fabianski looked for all the world that he was going to keep us at bay.
That was until the 70th minute when Kyle Walker drilled across goal and substitute Nacer Chadli directed home the equaliser.
Seven minutes later and the comeback was compete as Danny Rose collected a clearance from Christian Eriksen’s corner and fired home from the edge of the box.
Hugo Lloris was at his best to deny Paloschi sooner after but anything else than three points would have been a travesty – in one of our best displays of the season, we ended with 34 attempts at goal and Fabianski made 12 saves!
What did you think of the performance?
Mauricio: “It’s good to say it’s one of the best performances. The team is still improving and showed great character. That was fantastic. The atmosphere was also fantastic and the way the fans lifted the team when we conceded the goal was important for us so thanks to the supporters, they were brilliant and thanks to the players, the performance and effort was unbelievable, especially after a Europa League game. It’s never easy and we showed a lot of character.”
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV
We ended with 34 efforts at goal!
Mauricio: “Yes, Fabianski was fantastic and that’s why it was great to celebrate the victory at the end. What more do you need to do to score? We’ll enjoy this now but not for long, we have another tough game on Wednesday and we need to be ready.”
How important was that character we showed?
Mauricio: “This is the way we want to play and in football, it’s not always automatic. At times, you play much better than the opponent and it was fantastic to score that second goal. We deserved the result and three points is very important. I’m very pleased for the team. The players deserve it because they work so hard on the training ground. We have a squad that deserves to be in the position we’re in and for that, I’m very proud.”
How did you feel when Danny’s goal went in?
Mauricio: “I shouted. I nearly ran. You felt a freedom when we scored the second goal. This moment was very emotional. I’m very happy because I think we deserved it and the supporters deserved it as well.”