Mauricio Pochettino full of praise for Tottenham duo after Europa win

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The Spurs boss picked out Son Heung-min and Dele Alli for specific praise after last night’s 3-1 victory over Qarabag.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has highlighted duo Son Heung-min and Dele Alli for specific praise in the aftermath of the club’s 3-1 win over Qarabag at White Hart Lane last night, as reported on Sky Sports.

The North London outfit made their Europa League bow for 2015-16 with victory over the Azerbaijani visitors, with a Son double and goal from Erik Lamela confirming the three points.

The South Korea international was signed over the summer from Bayer Leverkusen and operated as the furthest man forward in place of Harry Kane.

Son introduced himself to the White Hart Lane faithful with a quick-fire double and earned praise from his manager as a result.

"He scored twice and played one hour," Pochettino is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"His performance - you can see I am very pleased with him, very happy. His adaptation to the club has been good from the beginning.

"I think I explained before the Sunderland game that Son can play like a striker. He can also play wider. He has the quality to play in different positions on the pitch.”

Teenage sensation Dele Alli also got the opportunity to show what he is capable of, with the former MK Dons man getting a starting role in the side also.

With the gifted midfielder creating Son’s second and putting in an industrious performance for the Premier League side, Pochettino was keen to mention him also in his post-match comments.

"In pre-season Alli started to show that he can play like an experienced player," Pochettino added.

"He showed personality and quality. He is a player who can play in the first team.

“But you have to be careful with an 19-year-old - it is important to care for him to keep the level for the season.”

Spurs will be back in domestic action on Sunday as they host London rivals Crystal Palace, who showed with a recent away win over Chelsea that they are no pushovers.

Last season Tottenham struggled in Premier League games directly after European action, with this an issue Pochettino must address this term.

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