Pochettino hails Tottenham’s fighting spirit

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Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham’s fighting spirit as Christian Eriksen scored an 88th minute winner against Brighton.

The Seagulls were resilient defensively and made life difficult for Spurs, but Eriksen’s shooting ability from outside the box was the difference between the two sides, finding the corner of the net from outside the penalty area.

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Pochettino was pleased that his players didn’t give up.

He said: "It was a really difficult opposition, Brighton were so tough to break down, but in the end we got the three points and that was most important for us.”

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The Argentinian added that his side weren’t the freshest following two tough games against Manchester City in the Champions League and Premier League.

He said: “It was difficult because you need fresh legs, there wasn’t today. You need the quality to find that space or the last pass to brake the opponent when they are so deep.”

On the goalscorer Christian Eriksen, the Spurs manager was pleased with the forward’s shooting ability from outside the box.

He added: “One of the qualities of Christian is to shoot and his quality shooting from outside the box and I want to congratulate him and the team for their effort.”

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate Dele Alli after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion
Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate Dele Alli after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion

Despite leaving it until the 88th minute to find the winning goal, Pochettino said he never stopped believing his side would win the game.

“I always had hope we would score, I was thinking 88 minutes, it will be in the next action. We never gave up and that is the most important thing.

“The reward is massive because it puts us in a very good position in the table, a strong position, and now the top four is in our hands.

“It is difficult to compete in this league alongside the Champions League. The three points mean a lot to us. We have three games left in the league and we are involved in the Champions League semi-finals.

“I think today will give us confidence against West Ham on Saturday.”

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