Pochettino hails ‘perfect’ Spurs display


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said that his side had produced the “perfect” second-half performance after a late rally saw them crush Manchester United 3-0 on Sunday.

Starting in the 70th minute, Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela struck three times in six minutes at White Hart Lane to give Spurs a win that trimmed Premier League leaders Leicester City’s advantage back to seven points.

It was Spurs’ first home victory over United in the league since a 3-1 success in May 2001 and Pochettino could not hide his admiration for his players’ display.

“The performance was perfect in the second half,” he told Sky Sports. “We are very pleased. Full credit to the players. It was a fantastic job. Beating Manchester United 3-0, you have to be happy.

“In the first half both teams were fighting a lot and it was not clear who had the power to manage the game, but in the second half we dominated better and started to find space to create chances.”

With five games of the season remaining, Leicester remain overwhelming title favourites, but Pochettino vowed that his team would not abandon hope of a first league crown since 1961.

“We believe and still fight, the motivation is big and massive,” said the Argentine.

“We need to try to get points and try to arrive at the end of the season with the possibility to win the title.”