Champions League

Pochettino 'proud and happy after great victory'

2017-11-02 10:21
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Mauricio Pochettino was in dreamland following Tottenham Hotspur's sensational 3-1 Champions League demolition of Real Madrid at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Dele Alli kicked off the goalscoring in the 27 minute when he slid in a Kieran Trippier cross before adding a second on 56 minutes after a teasing individual run. 

Christian Eriksen made it three on 65 with a super finish before Cristiano Ronaldo smashed in an 80th minute consolation.

Spurs secured their qualification to the knock-out phase of the competition as a result of the three points, leaving Real to scrap for points in their final two group games.

After the match, a delighted Pochettino agreed that the win would go down as one of the club's greatest victories.

"That’s true. I feel proud about that and so happy for so many people, our Chairman, our fans, for the Club and for all the people who love Tottenham. It’s amazing," he told the club's official website: 

"I’m very happy with the performance and I congratulate the players, I’m very pleased for them and for our fans and the Club, it means a lot. It’s a great victory for everyone and I’m so, so happy."

Pochettino heaped praise on his players, before casting one eye on his side's next game.

"The players deserve the full credit for the performance and the victory. They win on the pitch," he said.

"It’s an unbelievable performance, a great victory and now it’s important to enjoy it - but we’re already thinking about an early kick-off on Sunday and a tough game against Palace."

On Alli's performance, the manager added: "It was a good performance from Dele and he could have scored a hat-trick!

"He’s a very important player for us and he has to keep going, keep improving. I’ve said that he’s getting better and better and the coaching staff feel he’s improving a lot."


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