Spurs v Palace - Mauricio's preview
18 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Christian Eriksen is set to chalk up 100 Premier League appearances for us on Saturday. It’s a figure Mauricio Pochettino hit twice at clubs in his playing career and he describes it as ‘special’ to hit that century mark.
In fact, Christian is one of nine players in the current squad to have made over 100 appearances in all competitions - the Danish playmaker is on 132 in all competitions - alongside Kyle Walker, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli.
“Personally, for me, it was special when I played (over 100 games) for Espanyol or Newell’s Old Boys, to wear the shirt a lot of times and fight for your Club is fantastic,” said Mauricio.
“Each player is different but for me especially it was fantastic, playing 100 games is something to be proud of and something to feel good about.”
Below: Christian Eriksen
Having drawn at Everton in our Premier League opener last week - where we recovered from a disappointing first half to improve and deserve a point or more - Mauricio now has his sights set on victory against Palace as we return to the Lane for the first time in three months.
“It’s always important to win every game - the last, the first, the second, the 10th,” he pointed out. “Football is about the present - today and tomorrow - and we all know how important it is to win the first home game.”
Final thought on Everton
Mauricio: “It’s been a good week. We’ve tried to fix many things from the first half, because none of us were happy with the first half performance. The second half was much, much better and we played well and deserved more.”
On Vincent Janssen’s impact
Mauricio: “Vincent was perfect and helped the team to find the way to try to score and win the game. The impact was fantastic for the team. I’m happy for him, it’s his first season here, he’s very young, still adapting to the Premier League and our philosophy but we’re very happy with him.”
Below: Vincent Janssen in action at Everton
On Palace’s set up
Mauricio: “It’s difficult to know what will happen because every day, something different can happen, teams can add a player, a player might leave, it’s a little messy for all the teams and therefore difficult to know what will happen in the game. The most important thing is that we know all the teams are competitive - the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world - and we need to be ready and not care too much about the opponent.”
Below: Palace boss Alan Pardew
On combating teams that may sit deep
Mauricio: “We know how we need to play and then it’s about delivering the job that we work on throughout the week. After that, it’s football and it’s a fantastic game. We have to make sure we are ready to compete and it’s a big challenge for us, to try to get our first victory of the season in our first game at White Hart Lane.”