Pochettino pays tribute to Spurs World Cup contingent

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Mauricio Pochettino has paid tribute to our 12 players for their performances at the World Cup.

Mauricio has watched on as nine of his squad reached the semi-finals of the biggest tournament in world football.

Of course, it’s not over yet as Hugo Lloris aims for the ultimate prize when France take on England’s conquerors Croatia in the final in Moscow on Sunday

We have every right to be proud of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier (England), Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen (Belgium), Heung-Min Son (South Korea), Davinson Sanchez (Colombia), Christian Eriksen (Denmark) and of course Hugo, who could be the first Spurs player to win and lift the World Cup.

“It’s been a fantastic World Cup and we can feel very proud of our players,” said Mauricio, who appeared in the 2002 World Cup for Argentina.We now have Hugo in the final against Croatia and we’re going to support him. Our hope and desire is that he lifts the trophy. That would be fantastic for Hugo, for France and of course for us because he’s our captain.

Pochettino added: “It’s a good sign for us and that we are doing a good job here in Tottenham. I’m sure our fans feel very proud of the performances and the behaviour of our players in the World Cup.”

Mauricio was very proud of how his England contingent handled the pressure of a penalty shootout with Colombia. 

He said:”It says a lot about the personality and character of our players,” added Mauricio. “To take the responsibility to take a penalty in the World Cup is so difficult and you need to have great personality, character and not be scared about that atmosphere.

He added:”’I watched Eric’s penalty, yes. I watched everything. I’m sure he was a little nervous but of course he scored. They all showed great quality.”

As Hugo Lloris prepares for one of the biggest games of his career Mauricio hoped for success for his captain and also recognised it has been a great tournament for our players

“To win the World Cup would be fantastic for him and for us, as I said, because he’s our captain”: the Spurs boss said

“For us though, it’s about the collective and for all the players involved it was fantastic for the Club. We feel very happy and very proud.”

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