Lewis Holtby has hailed Tottenham Hotspur’s team spirit after the side came through a tough test against West Ham United on Saturday in their opening Premier League fixture.
Spurs were reduced to 10 men early on against their London rivals, but held on to claim a victory when debutant Eric Dier charged through on goal and slotted the ball home in the last minute.
It was a huge victory for Maurcio Pochettino in his first competitive game in charge of Tottenham and it stopped a run of three consecutive defeats against the Hammers for the side.
Now, Holtby is looking to kick on and he says that Saturday’s win shows just how much determination there is within the Spurs camp to do well this season.
“The way everyone put their bodies on the line for 90 minutes and fought as a team was great and everyone worked brilliantly as a team. That’s the kind of character we need, especially in games like these,” he said to the club’s official site.
“There is big spirit in the team. When you go out on the pitch you feel that everyone wants to fight for each other – we’ve built this special dressing room atmosphere. If you’ve got that atmosphere like we did today then we can do something special this season.
“Credit to everyone who played and who didn’t play because it’s a team effort.”
The German midfielder came off the bench for Spurs at the weekend and is expected thrive under Pochettino’s leadership.
Holtby was farmed out on loan under the previous regime at White Hart Lane – joining Fulham towards the back end of last season – but he is back at Spurs with a point to prove now and there is a thought that a player of his skill-set should be perfect for the new boss’s style.
Pochettino demands a patient, progressive approach and Holtby’s natural understanding of the game combined with his excellent creativity have meant that Spurs fans are optimistic that he will be able to get the best out of the former Schalke man.
Holtby is one of a number of Spurs stars who have been offered a reprieve under the Argentine and if he can enhance their performances then the club may just be in for the ‘special’ season that Holtby has talked about.
Although it is too early to read anything into his leadership yet, the way Spurs battled to victory is sure to encourage fans of the club that they could breach the top four this year and Holtby will be hoping that the spirit that he talks about continues to shine throughout the rest of the season.
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