Spurs boss Pochettino delighted by Palace triumph

By Times reporter in Football

TOTTENHAM manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed "a massive three points" after Christian Eriksen’s late strike sealed a vital win against in form Crystal Palace.

The result once again closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea to four points, with the little matter of the North London derby on Sunday.

Pochettino said: "It was a massive three points for us to be in the race for the title. That is a great belief for us and now we’ll try to prepare for an exciting weekend. The derby will be fantastic and our fans our waiting for that.

"It was a fantastic achievement to get the three points. I’m very pleased and the players deserved this win. The first half was even but we dominated the second half. We created chances and they didn’t really have a shot. It was a fantastic performance and I’m pleased because to prepare for a derby with a victory is always better."

The Argentine gambled at half-time, subbing midfielders Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama in favour of Son Heung-Min and Moussa Sissoko, and the decision to revert to a flat back four paid dividends thanks to Eriksen’s 30-yard strike after 78 minutes.

Pochettino explained: "Mousa twisted his ankle and Victor had a yellow card and it was difficult for him. We needed to do something different to try to find the way to create chances, to dominate and win the game and it worked well. Sometimes, when you make changes and change the shape it doesn’t work, but this worked very well."

The win means Spurs now have 74 points, their best ever Premier League haul, beating the previous figure of 72, set in 2012-13.

It is also the club’s eighth league win in a row - the best winning streak since the 1960-61 double-winning side won 13 games back-to-back.

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