Spurs 3-0 Bournemouth - Mauricio's verdict
20 March 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino described the 3-0 win against Bournemouth as an ‘outstanding performance’.
We flew out of the traps and opened the scoring inside a minute as Harry Kane turned home Kyle Walker’s cross for 1-0 with only 45 seconds on the clock.
That took Harry to the 20-goal mark in the Premier League to become the first Spur since the great Martin Chivers to hit 20 league goals for us in back-to-back seasons - ‘Big Chiv’ did it in 1970-71 and 1971-72.
Goal 21 wasn’t far away as Harry finished clinically from Dele Alli’s pass and he was involved again in the third goal just seven minutes after the restart, his shot parried by Artur Boruc into the path of Christian Eriksen, who tapped home.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV after the 3-0 win
We ended the match with 63% possession and 17 attempts at goal to Bournemouth’s two to cut Leicester’s lead at the top of the table to five points.
“I think scoring so early helped us, we dominated and deserved that result,” said Mauricio. “It’s always the plan to score as soon as possible and today it was possible.
“The performance was good after that, we had control, created chances and we can feel very proud.
“This squad is fantastic, the players and the commitment they show every week, not just today but from the beginning of the season.”
As well as the attacking side, how important was it to restrict Bournemouth to just two efforts at goal?
Mauricio: “It’s true we had control. Every game is hard in the Premier League but we showed maturity and the perfect balance between both situations,offensive and defensive.”
It’s another two goals for Harry Kane…
Mauricio: “He’s one of the best strikers and we’re happy for him. He’s a special player. He’s a Tottenham person and the way he plays – he’s a fighter, has skills and he’s a fantastic player."
Finally, a number of players now go off on international duty and we’ve five in the senior England squad, you must be proud of that…
Mauricio: “Yes, we’re very proud. It’s important for the national team to have good players like we have and we can feel proud of them.”