Danny Murphy explains what has been evident about Spurs' performances under Pochettino

Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy has praised Tottenham's fitness levels.

BBC pundit Danny Murphy spoke on Match of the Day 2 about Tottenham's win over Sunderland - and hailed Spurs' fitness under Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs claimed their first win of the season at the fifth attempt on Sunday, with a narrow 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Ryan Mason's late goal finished off a sweeping move from Spurs, demonstrating just how dynamic they can be in the final third despite criticism for their lack of goals this season.

After the game, former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy spoke about the performance on Match of the Day 2, and highlighted that the fitness levels under Pochettino allow Spurs to be 'much more dominant' late in games.

"What was evident in Tottenham's performance was their fitness levels," said Murphy. "It's been talked about under Pochettino before, and in the latter stages of the game, they were much more dominant and much better," he added.

Last season, Spurs won a number of games late on, with Christian Eriksen in particular thriving in the dying embers of close matches.

Even with Eriksen out injured, Spurs continue to impress late in games, and that allowed them to claim the win against Sunderland, with their opponents tiring towards the end.

Teams couldn't cope with Tottenham's fitness levels last season, and even after a late end to pre-season friendlies, it appears that fitness will be a vital factor under Pochettino once again this term.

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