Tottenham Hotspur saw off a strong West Ham XI yesterday evening in the Carabao Cup as both teams fought for a place in the quarterfinals.
Spurs won the tie 3-1 with a brace of goals from Heung-min Son and a third from Fernando Llorente.
This marked the second time Tottenham have won away at West Ham in as many weeks.
It was also the second match in Spurs’ four-game period in eight days, which started with Manchester City on Monday. The Man City, West Ham, Wolves and PSV games all fall within a space of just over a week for Pochettino’s men.
They faced the prospect of being knocked out of two of four competitions come the end of this busy spell, but have come through the first hurdle superbly.
Pochettino was proud of how his team performed after just a 48-hour turnaround.
The Argentine manager made 10 changes to his starting line up, showing the depth within the ranks at the club at the moment.
Pochettino told Sky Sports after the match at the London Stadium:
“I feel very happy, to play two competitive games in 48 hours, Manchester City and then a London derby, I feel very proud.
“The performance was very good, always we try to play better but for different circumstances we have to be happy.
“Some players are working so hard, trying to wait for their opportunity, and then Davinson Sanchez played two games in 48 hours – and he was fantastic. I can’t praise him enough.
“Now it will be an exciting game, exciting to play Arsenal and face Unai Emery. He’s a top manager and a good friend, and he’s doing a great job. I think he is one of the greatest managers.
“Of course, it is a little bit ironic that it is our worst enemies in West Ham and then Arsenal, but I love Manuel [Pellegrini] and Unai and we have a very good relationship.”
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