English Premiership

Spurs free to play after Palace rout, says Pochettino

2019-09-15 12:58
Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Image)

Cape Town - Manager Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham Hotspur are now able to play without distraction and it showed in Saturday's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Spurs tore the visitors apart with Son Heung-min netting a first-half brace in the Premier League fixture.

Patrick van Aanholt also put through his own net while Erik Lamela wrapped up a 32-minute scoring spree before the break at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With the European transfer window now shut and no more distractions for his players, Pochettino wants to see more displays of this manner, especially in their new stadium.

Tottenham were at their scintillating best from the off, attempting two shots inside a minute before Son opened the scoring in the 10th minute.

Toby Alderweireld picked him out with a wonderful through ball and the South Korean cut inside and drilled into the bottom corner.

Spurs doubled their advantage 11 minutes later when Serge Aurier - making his first start of the season - saw his cross deflected in by Palace defender Van Aanholt.

The floodgates were open now and Son increased his tally with 23 minutes played, volleying home Aurier’s cross before Lamela got on the end of Harry Kane’s centre in the 42nd minute.

Pochettino admitted it shows what can be achieved when his players have no distractions.

"When the team is unsettled, when the squad is unsettled, it is so difficult to perform in the way you want to perform," he said.

"I'm not complaining or blaming anyone, but it’s only that in football it’s so easy to describe the situation and the focus wasn’t on playing football and it wasn't on trying to improve.

"The intensity, the concentration. We know what we need to do and when you are able to do that the quality we have appears.

"We have tremendous quality in our squad, unbelievable players.

"If we show that intensity in all our games for sure we are going to fight for big things. I am so happy to recover that feeling."

 

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Saturday, 23 November 2019
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, London Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v Norwich City, Goodison Park 17:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Burnley, Vicarage Road 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vitality Stadium 17:00
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