Stoke 0-4 Spurs - Mauricio's reaction
10 September 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino’s big decision paid off handsomely at Stoke on Saturday.
The manager opted to bring Heung-Min Son back into the team for his first start of the season and the South Korean star responded with his first Premier League double in a convincing 4-0 win.
Both goals were superbly dispatched - the key first an angled volley to put us ahead in the 41st minute, the second even better for 2-0 just 10 minutes after the break, again from Christian Eriksen’s assist, this time a 20-yard curler into the top corner. Dele Alli and Harry Kane then wrapped it up in fine style.
It was suggested that outcome made Mauricio somewhat of a tactical genius. “I’m no genius, I’m just a manager!” he smiled. “Sometimes you are happy with your decisions, sometimes you feel very bad about your decisions.
"After 4-0 and a game like today, we feel very happy. In football, you are happy today, sad tomorrow – today, we are very happy.”
Mauricio on the win
“It was outstanding, a perfect performance. It’s true that we started the game a little sloppy but after 15 or 20 minutes we got on top, scored the goal and started to handle the game. In the second half, we fully deserved the result. I’m very pleased for the players and for our supporters as well.”
On not conceding early
“It’s always important. That builds confidence and the way you play, so it’s always important.”
“I’m very happy for him. He needed to score, he's very important for the team because he can help us. We have a lot of games ahead where we need Sonny and he can be important for the team. They were great goals, fantastic for him and the team and we’re all very pleased with his performance."
“It’s very important for him. It’s always important for strikers to score. Now he’ll feel free and happy and will just play football, that’s most important.”
On our unbeaten start
“Every game is a challenge, our next challenge is Monaco at Wembley and then Sunderland. It’s important to take it step by step and to show character, personality and to play in the way we want to play – and try to win, because football is about winning.”