Spurs 4-0 Stoke - Mauricio's reaction
Sun 26 February 2017, 17:20|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino said after our Europa League exit against KAA Gent on Thursday that there was ‘no time to cry’. The response less than 72 hours later was nothing short of magnificent.
The majority of the team played 50 minutes with 10 men at Wembley and the big question being asked was whether or not the players could muster a typically energetic Spurs performance with such a quick turn around against a fresh Stoke team who hadn’t played since February 11.
Stoke were swept away in the first half. Harry Kane scored another hat-trick - his sixth for Spurs and third treble in his last nine matches, including the 100th goal of his club career - and then set-up Dele Alli for number four as we dominated, registering 11 efforts at goal. Jan Vertonghen also struck the crossbar.
The second half was all about game management as we made it 11 wins in 13 matches and extended our unbeaten record at home in the Premier League.
“The performance was fantastic, I’m very pleased with the effort after Thursday,” said Mauricio. “We were all disappointed after Wembley and this was a big, big response. It’s for that reason we all feel very proud.
“We played very well. The first half was fantastic, the second half we controlled and managed the game and created some more. The three points were important for us to keep our position in the table.”
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV after the win against Stoke
You said after Wembley there was ‘no time to cry’ and the team responded exactly how you wanted them to…
Mauricio: “The competition doesn’t wait for you and it’s important to keep going, to be clever in how we assess every situation and think ahead - now to the Premier League and the FA Cup.”
What can you say about Harry?
Mauricio: “It’s no surprise to me. For me, whether or not he scores he’s the same, he’s is a top player, one of the best. He’s a top professional and top man. It’s fantastic to have Harry on the team.”