Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino keen to switch attention back to the Premier League: ‘The competition never stops’

26 Feb

Tottenham booked their place in the last 16v of the Europa League with a convincing victory at home to Fiorentina


The north Londoners were 4-1 winners on aggregate, with Ryan Mason, Erik Lamela and a fortunate own goal handing them a 3-0 scoreline at White Hart Lane on Thursday, days after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Crystal Palace.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to his side’s display, but has quickly turned his focus back on their Premier League title tilt and Sunday’s clash with struggling Swansea.

The 43-year-old told BT Sport/ESPN: “I’m very pleased, we showed character and played very well against a team that play very well. 

“We fully deserve the result, happy, I’m very pleased with the performance.

“Now we need to recover because the competition never stops and we need to be ready for the next game because that is on Sunday against Swansea.

“I think we have a big motivation in the Premier League and now we have two competitions. We are in a good position in the table, I think the motivation is fantastic.”

Pochettino is disappointed star man Alli will be missing for the first leg of their next fixture in the competition, believing his caution was harsh.

However, the Argentinian paid tribute to the young midfielder’s more mature performances against Crystal Palace and Fiorentina, after receiving much criticism for an apparent kick on Viola defender Nenad Tomovic in last week’s first leg.

“For me it wasn’t a yellow card,” he said.

“I’m very happy after last week in Florence, he was calm against Crystal Palace and today and was only focused on the play.

“Another good performance from him.”

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