Pochettino: “It was so important to start the new year with a victory,
Football-2 January 2019 08:12 GMT
Spurs moved back into second place with Mauricio Pochetttino happy to start the new year with a win after a 3-0 win over Cardiff City with Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son within 20 minutes.
“I think it was so important (to win) and build another positive run,” Pochettino told the media
“It was so important for our confidnce, because in three days we are going to start another competition, the FA Cup.
“Then we are going to play the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
“It was so important to start the new year with a victory, away from home in a very difficult place, against a team like Cardiff who came from beating Leicester.
“They came with massive confidence in the way they played the last game and it was a massive victory for us.
“It is three points that make us believe a little bit more in our possibility to be in a very good position in the table.”
Spurs had four games in ten days and the gaffer was pleased with the way the squad manoeuvred the Christmas and new year games ah they moved second in the league with a game in hand.
“Us and Everton, we were the two teams who suffered the most difficult fixtures in that period,” Pochettino said after Spurs had returned a nine-point haul from their four festive games.
“So, of course, I congratulate the players because the effort was fantastic.
“I was very pleased with the performance and we were so clinical from the beginning.
“To be 3-0 up after 20 minutes was fantastic for us and then we dominated the game.”