Tottenham win over Cardiff 'important for our confidence' - Mauricio Pochettino

Arnold Nichols
January 3, 2019

Mauricio Pochettino's side saw their five-game winning run come to an end at Wembley despite England global Harry Kane breaking the deadlock in the Premier League clash.

That sturdy defence saw them return to Wales with four points from the trips to Crystal Palace and Leicester, where the Bluebirds secured a 1-0 win at the same time as Tottenham's five-match winning run came to a crushing halt.

The 26-year-old's contract expires at the end of next season and talks are said to be dragging on, with speculation suggesting a deal is still some way off, but Pochettino is not anxious.

Tottenham Hotspur assistant Jesus Perez (left), manager Mauricio Pochettino (centre) and first-team coach Miguel D'Agostino at Hotspur Way (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

Daniel Levy played hardball, nothing new there, and Real were forced to look elsewhere, plumping for Julen Lopetegui... and look how that turned out. "The phrase is, "No news is good news".

Although goalscorers Eriksen, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min caught the eye in Tuesday's victory, Pochettino singled out Moussa Sissoko for praise. "I think we started the game well, we were so clinical from the beginning". "Of course, he's doing a fantastic job for the team".

"I was pleased that we hung in there because it's easy to throw the towel down when you're 3-0 down to a team like this".

Having nonchalantly slotted home his side's second to essentially kill off Cardiff City's hopes after just 12 minutes, he dropped deep and enjoyed a New Year's Day stroll, superior interventions only when necessary, for the remainder of a one-sided affair.

'It is three points that make us believe a little bit more in our possibility to be in a very good position in the table'.

Pochettino added: "I think, after the Wolves defeat, which in football can happen, we need to be clever enough to try to move on and to find energy again to be competitive because it's going to be tough".

But Pochettino said: 'In this country all the people are going to watch the game. "I don't care about the result, I just want to enjoy the spectacle and the game".

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