Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has admitted to the club’s official website that he was pleased with the manner of his side’s performance against Bournemouth, but stressed that the North London side must maintain focus against teams in the lower reaches of the Premier League.
Spurs boosted their hopes of a top-four finish this season with a commanding 5-1 rout of The Cherries, but it all could have been so different after the hosts scored in the first minute.
Dembele put in another strong performance, scoring the visitors’ second goal of five, and looked at home in an advanced role playing off Harry Kane.
The Belgium international has stressed that although Spurs are always fired up for games against English football’s biggest teams, they must maintain focus week-in, week-out.
“It was a bit of bad luck to go 1-0 down but after that we showed our attitude and it was a good performance from us,” Dembele told the club’s official website.
“These are important games to maintain your focus and make sure you win. It’s easy to be motivated against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal but in these scenarios we need to make sure we come in with the right attitude and that’s what we did today.
“Against recently promoted teams away from home it can be very difficult, but we have a lot of quality, we did very well today and we won comfortably.”
Dembele appears to be getting back to his best with a number of strong performances in a row after returning from injury.
The former Fulham man is versatile enough to play in a number of different positions and as such still does not have a consistent pegged-down role in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI.