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Watford 1-2 Spurs - Mauricio's verdict

28 December 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino described our late win at Watford as ‘emotional’ and was full of praise as the players adapted to a new playing system at Vicarage Road.

Erik Lamela opened the scoring, Odion Ighalo levelled just before the break, Nathan Ake was sent off on 64 minutes and we finally found the winner when Heung-Min Son backheeled home Kieran Trippier’s cross in the 90th minute.

Kieran impressed in his first Premier League start for us, one of three changes as Mauricio switched from 4-2-3-1 to three central defenders with Eric Dier dropping into the central back three.

It certainly stifled Watford’s dangerous front two until that late Ighalo goal in the first half and we had to stay patient until Son’s magic moment.

Mauricio on the victory
“It’s always emotional when you get a winner in the last minute. I thought it was fantastic how we managed the game and how we conceded the goal was a little unlucky but at the end, we fully deserved the victory. We played against a tough, tough side like Watford and two weeks ago, Liverpool had big, big problems here. We managed the first half and we were unlucky in how we conceded the goal. Okay, maybe in the end it was a late victory but we fully deserved to win.”

Mauricio on the new system
“Sometimes you analyse an opponent and how they create problems to other teams. Liverpool play possession of the ball but the way Watford play is to always find a striker and create problems from there. They don’t elaborate too much or play from the back, they play forward and they are very strong. We worked on how to stop that.”

Mauricio on preparation time for Watford
“It was yesterday (Sunday) but off the pitch with videos and different meetings with different players - defensive, offensive, goalkeeper, full-backs. We didn’t have time to train on the pitch, we needed to use a different way so the cameras, clips and videos were very important. We had yesterday and this morning to work on it.”

Mauricio on how well the players therefore did to grasp the system
“We have clever players and this is important, we need to give full credit to them.”

Mauricio on the emotions when the goal went in
“It was fantastic to feel that. We had the experience against Newcastle of a late defeat and now it’s the opposite. Over the whole season, it will balance out. Today, we deserved the win and I’m very pleased.”

Mauricio on Son’s goal
“It’s important for him and important for us. We have a strong squad and every player is important. Today we showed that again, coming from the bench Son made a real impact and scored a crucial goal.”

Mauricio on Mousa’s injury
“We need to assess him tomorrow. He felt some pain in his groin but we hope it’s not a big problem for him.”