Spurs 4-1 Monaco - Mauricio's verdict
11 December 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino spoke about the mentality of the players being right leading up to our final Europa League Group J match against Monaco – and he was right!
The French side were blown away in the first half as star of the show Erik Lamela claimed his first career hat-trick inside 40 minutes.
Stephan El Shaarawy responded in the second half but we had the final word when Tom Carroll squeezed home his first senior Spurs goal from the tightest of angles for the final 4-1 scoreline.
The win secured top spot in Group J and a place amongst the seeded teams in the last 32 of the competition. The draw takes place on Monday.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV after the win against Monaco
Mauricio on the performance…
“It’s job done and we finish first in the group. I’m very happy and very proud. The players gave a very good performance and we showed that we have a very strong squad. We showed a winning mentality this is something we need to keep for the whole season.”
Mauricio on Erik Lamela…
“It’s fantastic for a player when he scores a hat-trick, always a great moment. From the beginning of the season Erik has showed an improvement in his game, he’s more consistent and we’re happy for him.”
On Josh Onomah’s first start…
“I’m very happy for Josh because he deserves it with how he’s training and how he’s developed his game in the last few months. He’s 18 and he’s a great talent from the Academy. One time more I congratulate the Academy and John McDermott, he’s done an unbelievable job with all his staff. We have showed again the talent that is coming from the Academy.”
On Tom Carroll’s first senior Spurs goal…
"Tom is a fantastic player and he’s more consistent this season, more mature and he has a lot of quality. We’re very pleased for him.”
On the decision to take off Eric Dier in the first half…
“Eric came off as a precaution, to make sure that he’s ready to compete (against Newcastle) on Sunday.”