Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told the club’s official website that playing with a high tempo right from the start was key to winning against West Bromwich Albion.
North London outfit Tottenham made it back-to-back competitive wins on Saturday when they eased past West Brom 3-0 away from home in the Premier League.
Christian Eriksen opened the scoring at The Hawthorns after just six minutes with a brilliant free kick, and Harry Kane doubled the lead with a powerful right-footed shot just nine minutes later.
The England Under-21 striker added his second from the penalty spot in the 64th minute to wrap up a 3-0 win.
It was an impressive performance from Spurs, who are now up to fifth in the Premier League table with 40 points from 23 matches.
Pochettino was delighted with the effort of his players and underlined the blistering start as a key factor in the victory.
“I’m very pleased and very proud of our players,” the Argentine told Tottenham’s official website. “We showed character and strong mentality and this is the way we want to play…
“From the beginning we played at a high tempo and that was the key, to start the game quickly. That was the mentality because it’s always difficult after reaching a cup final to play away against a tough team like West Brom.
“We showed character, that’s important and we need to keep this feeling for the next few weeks.”
More often than not, Tottenham had to rely on late goals to wrap up wins, but on Saturday they had the game pretty much sewn up in the 15th minute.
Given West Brom’s struggles this season, it did not come as a surprise that Spurs won so convincingly, but even then one has to admire the way in which they ripped apart the opposition.
Under Pochettino this campaign Tottenham have played a high-pressing game, but that has not always yielded the results.
Perhaps the (poor) standards of the opponents helped Spurs on Saturday, but that should not detract from the fact that the North London team actually played well.
The victory over West Brom means that Tottenham will head into next weekend’s clash against Arsenal with more confidence and belief.