Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Crvena Zvezda – Reaction
MAURICIO POCHETTINO was as delighted as any Tottenham Hotspur supporter to see his side firing on all cylinders again.
Spurs – so often out of sorts in recent weeks – provided their manager and fans with a huge tonic by comfortably dispatching Crvena Zvezda at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, thanks to a brace apiece from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son and one from Erik Lamela.
The results helped ease the pain of last months 7-2 UEFA Champions League defeat at the hands of a rampant Bayern Munich side and Pochettino recognised the significance of the result as he and his players looked to rediscover the ‘feelgood factor’ which has been sadly lacking during the early stages of this season.
“Yes, of course, it was so important – an important result for our confidence and to add three points in the table for us was very, very important tonight,” the Argentine enthused.
“Of course, very pleased. After the second half against Watford, I was happy, not great as I told you, now the same, not great but good. I feel good. We start to see that it’s only time that we need to recover our best feelings.
“We need to build that confidence of course. We need to go step by step, being solid again and that is only the first step, like the second half at Watford, to build again our confidence and try to perform in the way that we and everyone expect.”
When asked whether he believed the result was a huge step towards their qualification, Pochettino added: “I think still we need to work hard. We have three more games and they’re going to be very tough in Belgrade and Munich with Olympiacos here.
“It’s still all open. The most important thing is that we are better than last season and in a better position. It’s in our hands now.
“Last season we depended not only on our results but what happened in different stadiums. Of course, we’re in a better position than last season.”