Pochettino reacts to Tottenham cup win

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Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur recorded their second successive win last night, overcoming Watford in a penalty shootout after the Carabao Cup game finished 2-2.

Spurs were playing the fixture at Stadium MK, their temporary home for the night, as Wembley was already in use, and the new stadium delays continue.

Pochettino rang the changes from the Brighton game, with the likes of Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko, and Harry Winks all coming into the starting line up.

Watford took the lead through Isaac Success in the second half, but Spurs managed to reply with two goals in quick succession to snatch the lead.

Captain for the evening Dele Alli won and converted a penalty, before Lamela finished off a brutal breakaway with a delicate chip over the keeper.

However, The Hornets still had a sting in their tail, as ex-Spurs man Capoue sent the game to pens with his late deflected shot.

The shootout proved no problem for Spurs though, as they converted all four of their efforts, with MOTM Gazzaniga picking up two saves along the way.

ESPN reported that Pochettino said: “First of all I want to say thank you to our fans. They need to be praised from myself on behalf of all the players and staff and the club, to say thank you for coming here and offering their support. They made a massive effort.

“It’s important for the people all to listen to me, as the manager of the club, to that gratitude and to say thank you very much, and then to say thank you to all the town of Milton Keynes and the club.

“We’ll see [if Spurs play there again]. Now we’ll see what happens in the draw. The objective was to go to the next round and we are so happy, of course.

Poch outlined why he gave Dele the armband on his return to Stadium MK, where he spent many years as a younger player: “because I think it was so exciting for him to play here in his own town, in Milton Keynes. It’s difficult to have another possibility to play here in his career in the future, and today I wanted to provide him with a very good feeling, to not only play but to feel that.

“We can feel here the love that the people feel for him and that was fantastic for us. For him it is an experience he will remember for all of his life.”

The gaffer’s thoughts on third-choice keeper Gazzaniga: “I think he was fantastic and then he showed his character in the penalties.

“We believe in him and have a lot of faith in him, and now it is a special period of course.”

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