Pochettino credits players for delivering plan

Date published: Sunday 14th February 2016 8:19

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino credited Tottenham’s players for putting his gameplan into practice in their 2-1 win at Manchester City on Sunday.

Harry Kane put Spurs ahead from spot at Emirates Stadium after Raheem Sterling was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball as he turned his back to block a cross from Danny Rose.

Kelechi Iheanacho equalised, but Spurs snatched victory with an 83rd-minute breakaway winner from Christian Eriksen.

“We delivered our plan perfectly,” Pochettino told Sky Sports afterwards. “We were very calm and played the way we wanted to play. We have a very young squad against a team with world champions so you have to give full credit to the players.

“We were calm at 1-1 and played well. We defended well and our mentality is to try to score and win the game.”

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Spurs are in a great position from which to challenge for a first title since 1961, but Pochettino is refusing to get carried away.

“It was a very important victory, (we’re) happy. I think our players deserve full credit for the performance,” he added.

“Like always you need to work hard and try to improve every day and we are now in a good position in the table, but is too early to start to speak about the title.

“It was a big test for us. It is important to start to feel that when you come to a stadium like Manchester City to play against a big team you can win. It is very important for the future.”

Yet while Pochettino was keen to play down title talk, he acknowledged the club’s success-starved fans may be seeing it differently.

He added: “It is true that our supporters can dream, this is important, but for us we start to prepare for the game against Fiorentina.”

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