Spurs boss Pochettino: We deserved 'important' win over former club

The former Southampton manager also admitted he still has a lot of time for the Saints.

Tottenham's win over manager Mauricio Pochettino's former club Southampton on Sunday moved them up to 6th in the Premier League, above Liverpool and Arsenal as the Premier League gets set for a break with international fixtures on the horizon over the next couple of weeks.

The North London side claimed victory courtesy of a long range Christian Eriksen strike, but Pochettino was delighted with the manner in which his side harried the visitors, in order to claim a much overdue three points.

"It was an important win. The three points were important for us," the Spurs boss said.

"In front of us were an unbelievable team. It was a very tough game. Southampton have unbelievable players.

"Always it is difficult but I congratulate the players for a big, big showing today."

The win was Tottenham's first in half a dozen games, and comes at a good time with a daunting trip to the Etihad next up in the league after the international break.

"We are still improving," Pochettino admitted. "We [the coaching staff] arrived three months ago, always it's difficult to put players into a different philosophy and build something special.

"Maybe results weren't good in the beginning but it's important to build something long term.

"It was important to get the three points, but also how we got them. Today all the players gave their best, we deserved the three points and were better than Southampton. But we deserved the win."

Pochettino also got a mixed reception from the visiting Saints fans, something that didn't sully the Argentine's opinion of his former club.

"I love Southampton, I love the club. It was a great 18-months period and for me Southampton will always be special in my career and my family."

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