Pochettino: Tottenham deserves massive credit
A 1-0 win over Newcastle United at Wembley has elated Mauricio Pochettino who says Tottenham Hotspur has shown strong mentality and deserves more credit.
Pochettino said the team is still disappointed after crashing out of both Carabao Cup and FA Cup in the hands of Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively. They squeezed past a Newcastle side that lined-up in a 5-5-1 formation and the Magpies were buoyed by the fact that they had beaten Manchester City in the midweek clash.
"Our squad deserve massive, massive credit. We are disappointed because of the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, out of the FA Cup to Palace, we arrive at the worst moment for us as it was difficult to rotate and keep the same level in all of the different decisive games. It's true we were always positive, we fight, but we could not achieve the final or the next stage of the FA Cup, but in the Premier League with two victories against Watford and Newcastle. We are now in a good position, waiting for the Champions League too is very exciting.” Pochettino said after the match.
"A tough game because Newcastle, after they beat Manchester City, were in a good momentum with a lot of energy, more recovery and fresher legs. We play in the semi-final, play Sunday, play Wednesday and then today, early in the morning, so I think it was tough for us to recover from the efforts. Fantastic effort, I am so happy with the players, because I think they showed the character we have, so I am so pleased." the Argentinian coach added.
Son Heung-Min has saved Spurs from two matches since arriving from the Asian Cup; the late goal against Watford last time out and the strike against Newcastle. Pochettino adds that he is an important player for them.
“I think he's a player who is doing fantastic for us the last couple of years. His performance, the way he is, he's a key part of the success of today. It's always difficult for a player like him, from out of England, to adapt, and sometimes you have patience, sometimes none. He was a kid who wanted to play, and with patience and the help of the coaching staff and teammates, he started to show his quality. At a point, he started to feel the love of the people, the club and everyone, felt comfortable and able to show his quality." Pochettino concluded.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane are still out due to injuries and Spurs may continue counting on the South Korean to bail them out in the meantime.
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