Pochettino’s delight as Tottenham Hotspur close the gap on Chelsea

By Dominique Stafford in Football

MANAGER Mauricio Pochettino praised his Tottenham Hotspur players after they enjoyed another emphatic victory over the weekend to pile the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Spurs cruised to a 4-0 triumph at home to Bournemouth on Saturday to claim a club-record seventh successive Premier League win, and Chelsea’s defeat at Manchester United the following day enabled them to close to within four points of the table-toppers.

“The performance was great,” Pochettino said. “We fully deserved the win and full credit to all the players. I’m very pleased for them and for our fans, the feeling is fantastic every time we play at White Hart Lane.

“The belief in the way we play is so important for us. It’s not only to win, but to know how you win. That makes us very proud.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to get seven wins in a row. We feel very proud and that’s how we all feel. The feeling we have with our supporters is fantastic and I congratulate them all. It’s a big achievement at a massive club.

“At the end of the season when everyone is tired we need everyone to have the right mental attitude and happiness helps. We now need everyone to rest and get ready for the next few games. The three points are very important to keep our dream.”

Mousa Dembele set Tottenham on the way to victory with his first goal of the season and the in-form Son Heung-Min doubled their advantage soon after to put them in control.

Harry Kane, starting for the first time since recovering from his ankle injury, added the third – becoming just the fourth man ever to score 20 Premier League goals in three successive seasons – before Vincent Janssen wrapped up the scoring with his first league goal from open play.

“We said before the game that we wanted to keep our momentum going and not give anything away,” Kane said. “Bournemouth are a tough side. They press high, but we did better than them – we worked harder between the lines, got our chances and took them. It was a fantastic result.

“The first goal is important. We get that breakthrough and you can go on to kill the game. We’ve been very good at that this season, especially at home.

“We got the first two goals and then the third just after half-time, and that killed the game off. It’s important to do that because any team in the Premier League can come back and bite you. It’s important that didn’t happen.”

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