'We did it together - together as Tottenham' - Mauricio on derby win
Sun 30 April 2017, 22:00|Tottenham Hotspur
An emotional afternoon and a glorious victory in the final north London derby at the Lane, and Mauricio Pochettino dedicated it to each and every person with feelings towards the Club.
The feeling of togetherness throughout the Club is instilled by the manager and here it was again, just moments after goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane secured a memorable victory.
“Yes, I’m proud, but I’m proud about all the staff, all the players, the fans, the Club,” he said. “That is a collective job.
“We all work together and we all deserve the prize, because we are Tottenham, and that’s most important.
“Together we have achieved finishing above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years, together we are second in the Premier League and still in the title race and that is most important for me.
“I’m so proud because I’m here and fighting for this Club.”
Pride was dripping from all corners of our famous old stadium after this display.
Just minutes after Chelsea restored a seven-point lead at the top and knowing victory would mean we finish above the Gunners for the first time in 22 years – let alone the spectre and sheer meaning of the occasion - the pressure was on.
And the players delivered.
Always with the upper hand, Dele and Christian Eriksen missed golden chances at the first half finished goaless, before a quick one-two from Dele and Harry ultimately won the game. It could have been more, but for Petr Cech in the visitors’ goal with one save to deny Jan Veronghen right out of the top-drawer.
How did you keep the players focused with everything that this occasion brings with it?
Mauricio: “The important thing is every time we play this season, we’re going to enjoy, and we enjoy playing football and enjoy playing together. That is a fantastic feeling. The players didn’t know about the result between Chelsea and Everton. I knew, I was watching. The important thing was they were free and they went out to play and enjoy the game.”
What did you say at half-time? More of the same?
Mauricio: “I said at half-time to keep going. We changed a little our positions in offensive situations, we tried to find better positions and better solutions to create the chances. In the end it was a fantastic performance and we deserved the victory.”
It says a lot that it always looked more like we’d score a third than Arsenal would claw their way back in…
Mauricio: “It was a good mentality. It’s true at the end they pushed forward a little but we were always in control, we dominated and created the most important chances.”
How would you sum it all up?
Mauricio: “It was a fantastic afternoon. I’m so pleased for our players and our fans. It was an afternoon where they deserved to live the last derby at White Hart Lane. It was so emotional for everyone. I say thank-you, we’re so lucky to be here.”