‘For some teams like Tottenham it is difficult to manage’ – Poch on tough decisions and a great result

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur saw out an impressive 2-0 away victory against Leicester City last night, earning three crucial points in the race for top four, and who knows, maybe even the title.

With Arsenal and Chelsea both winning before Tottenham kicked off, the pressure was back on them to deliver and regain their third spot in the Prem.

Chelsea took three points off leaders Manchester City too, plunging them down into second, and allowing the likes of Spurs to gain ground.

Goals from Heung Min Son and Dele Alli sealed the points for Poch’s side, and on a night when he decided to rest both Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.

Without arguably their two best attacking players, Tottenham banded together well, and the likes of Son, Alli, and Moura stepped up to fill the voids.

Pochettino believes that belief in the squad is key, and the win now allows them to focus on the crunch tie against Barcelona in mid-week.

Football London report he said: “It is a tough place. I’m very happy with the performance. So pleased and now it allows us to think about Barcelona. Yes, I think the performance was so solid. They started well in the first half but then we were running the game and that is a very important thing for us. The three points are massive and to keep our position in the table it’s a massive win for us.”

On resting players he said: “I think it’s not a thing to show no one, because the belief we have in our squad is massive. It’s easy to talk but it’s difficult to demonstrate and show with a decision. With this decision we are showing we believe and trust in all the squad and how important all the players are in this very busy period when everyone needs to be focused.

“It’s always about the best decision first of all for the player and then for the team. It’s no point that players can play every three days in that busy period. It’s not healthy. The players need to rest. The players need to sometimes breathe.

“Yes, it’s a thing that we need to avoid maybe talking and just respect not only my decision but all the managers in the Premier League because for some teams like Tottenham it’s difficult to manage. The most important thing is to be genuine in the trust that you have in your squad because it’s so easy to say I trust but in the end arrive the moment and you never give the possibility to play.

“We are showing that we trust in all the players. Of course some players are going to play more than others because that is football. But we really believe in our squad.”

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