Spurs 4-0 Newcastle - Mauricio's verdict
18 December 2014|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino praised the performance and our ‘brilliant’ fans as we booked a place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup with a 4-0 win over Newcastle United at the Lane on Wednesday night.
The victory was as convincing as the scoreline suggests as Nabil Bentaleb’s first Spurs goal put us 1-0 up at half-time before a quickfire treble from Nacer Chadli - his goal just 30 seconds into the second half - Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado put the issue beyond doubt.
We will now take on League One side Sheffield United over two legs in January for the right to play either Chelsea or Liverpool in the final at Wembley.
“I’m very pleased with the players and our fans were brilliant. The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic and I’m so happy. I enjoyed it from the bench as well!” beamed Mauricio.
“The key was how we played over the 90 minutes. We played very well over the 90 minutes and we fully deserve to go into into semi-finals.
“We were clinical and that’s important in football. In front of goal we had chances and scored. It was an important game for us and we now need three points against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.”
Mauricio was delighted for Nabil, who scored his first goal on his 34th appearance – almost a year after his debut at Southampton (December 22, 2013).
“He deserves that. He’s a very good guy and a very good player. I’m happy for him,” said Mauricio, who was quick to label the semi-final against the Blades as a tough encounter over two legs. “We will give them full respect,” he added.
“But for now, we need to focus again on the Premier League. We have a tough period ahead and we need to be ready for Burnley.”