Pochettino reveals his favourite kind of victory

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur looked as if they were going to be held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Burnley this week, only for Christian Eriksen to snatch a win at the death.

Eriksen has always been famed for his crucial late goals at Spurs, most recently in a Champions League tie against Inter Milan.

Spurs were struggling to break down a typically tough Sean Dyche defence, and after 90 minutes, their fate seemed sealed to just the solitary point.

Heung Min Son and Erik Lamela had already squandered the best chances of the game for Spurs, and although they hadn’t given Burnley a sniff at a goal, it looked to be honours even.

In the 91st minute, however, Christian Eriksen saw a Harry Kane lay off fall perfectly into his path and made no mistake about his crashing finish.

The late goal snatched all three points for Premier League chasing Spurs, and sent the few fans that attended the game into hysterics.

Poch said (Football London): “Yes, I think we fully deserved in that point the victory. We know very well you need to play 90 minutes plus four or five minutes of injury time. All is possible if you try and believe because I think we deserved the victory. We played so much better than the opponent.

“We didn’t concede one chance or one shot on target. It could have been a frustrating afternoon if we did not win the three points. But I am very happy and there’s big relief. I think the victory was massive for us. Three points to keep our place in the table, in the Premier League. It’s a massive effort to finish the week in that way. Always it’s so good.”

Asked whether these clutched, last-minute wins were the best of all, Poch said: “No, of course. Before to play with all the conditions we expected a very difficult game and we were thinking that it was going to be tough and it was tough.

“Burnley are a very physical team, they play so deep, using the transitions and the counter attack, and they are so tough to break down. For us it was about having patience.

“It’s true there were some decisions that were unlucky because that should be a penalty against Kane and it could have changed the game, but the mentality and character of the team was amazing to keep pushing, in the rain and the pitch was not in the best way to play in the way we normally used to play and of course there are many things again that make after that victory make us stronger and we need to keep going because we have a very busy period.”

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