We believe and still fight, says Pochettino

FANTASTIC JOB: Alderweireld (No. 4) scoring the second goal for Tottenham Hotspur, who crushed the Red Devils 3-0 on Sunday. It was Spurs' first home victory over United in the league since a 3-1 success in May 2001.


    Apr 12, 2016

    We believe and still fight, says Pochettino


    TOTTENHAM Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side had produced the "perfect" second-half performance after a late rally saw them crush Manchester United 3-0 on Sunday.

    Starting in the 70th minute, Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela struck three times in six minutes at White Hart Lane to give Spurs a win that trimmed Premier League leaders Leicester City's advantage back to seven points.

    It was Spurs' first home victory over United in the league since a 3-1 success in May 2001 and Pochettino could not hide his admiration for his players' display.

    "The performance was perfect in the second half," he told Sky Sports. "We are very pleased. Full credit to the players. It was a fantastic job. Beating Manchester United 3-0, you have to be happy."

    With five games of the season remaining, Leicester remain overwhelming title favourites but Pochettino vowed that his team would not abandon hope of a first league crown since 1961.

    "We believe and still fight, the motivation is big and massive," said the Argentine, who revealed that he missed Lamela's 76th-minute goal because he was in the toilet.

    Kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes after the United team bus got stuck in traffic. The visitors' attempt to break into the Champions League places is also behind schedule as they now trail Manchester City, in fourth place, by four points.

    But beaten manager Louis van Gaal said: "Every team can lose to everybody so we are still in the race. Of course, when you lose a game, you have to close the gap again and that is more difficult."

    United mustered just one shot on target, via Anthony Martial, but van Gaal said the final outcome flattered Spurs.

    "Until the first goal, we were at least the equal team," said the Dutchman, whose side tackle West Ham United in an FA Cup quarter-final replay tomorrow.

    "We give the first goal away, a miscommunication, and then in five minutes, we were out of the game.

    "The second goal is a set play and our best header loses the duel. It was a fantastic header from Alderweireld. It cannot happen. But it happened."