Swansea 1-3 Spurs - Mauricio's reaction
Thu 06 April 2017, 02:30|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino surveyed the scene of a dramatic win at Swansea and declared: “That’s how we fight for the badge.”
We looked up against it - at best - trailing 1-0 against the determined Swans with 87 minutes on the clock before producing a late, late three-goal salvo to completely turn it around.
Dele Alli cancelled out Wayne Routledge’s 11th-minute opener with the equaliser on 88 minutes and with an extra seven minutes showed, Heung-Min Son latched onto Vincent Janssen’s backheel for 2-1 before Christian Eriksen finished it off three minutes later.
Mauricio described how the bench ‘exploded’ after Son’s goal. “It was a very tough night and a tough, tough game,” he said. “We were finding different solutions, different possibilities to play and changing positions. At the end, that moment, we felt free and exploded! We needed that emotion. It was a big win for us.”
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV at the Liberty
What are your thoughts on the performance?
Mauricio: “We started well, created some chances but when we conceded we realised we must improve our level and tempo. After that, it was so difficult to break down Swansea but we always believed and we showed massive character. I feel very proud of this group of players.”
How were you feeling with us 1-0 down and time running out?
Mauricio: “That is football, everything can happen if you never give up and you believe, have faith and keep pushing. This was a good example of how the team showed character and personality and how we fight for the badge and that is most important. We can be proud of the supporters and the supporters should feel the same about the team.”
It was noticeable how we grabbed the ball and went straight back to the centre after Dele's goal – there was no sense of settling for a draw...
Mauricio: “That moment (Dele’s goal) was a big lift for everyone, a very powerful thing, the equaliser with seven minutes (added time) to play. The way we finished was fantastic.”
You made a point of going back out to the fans...
Mauricio: “I took one more time to say ‘thank you very much’. They help us, they are unbelievable - their energy is fantastic and they deserve that every time we play. We fight for them. Win or lose, it’s a game but fighting is always a fantastic thing we can do for them.”