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Pochettino happy with Spurs’ show despite fixture congestion

Mauricio Pochettino

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised his squad’s resilience following their third victory in four Premier League games during a busy festive period for the north London side.

Spurs have moved up to second in the league table, six points behind leaders Liverpool. They beat Everton, Bournemouth and Cardiff City while going down 3-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at home.

“Us and Everton, we were both teams that suffer a little bit more without much rest between the games, and I think the players’ effort was magnificent,” Pochettino told Sky Sports after their 3-0 win at Cardiff on Tuesday.

“I congratulate them because in 10 days to play four games is so tough and the performance was fantastic.”

Pochettino chose not to focus on the title race, stressing on the need for consistency during the second half of the campaign.

“The Premier League is so tough, if you want to be in a good position you must be consistent for the whole season and you can’t afford to lose the three points like we did against Wolves,” he said.

Spurs, however, might not end the current round of fixtures in second place with third-placed Manchester City, who are one point behind, set to host Liverpool on Thursday.

“It will be an unbelievable game, and of course I am going to enjoy football too,” the Argentine manager added.

“Both teams I think are the best in England. But the day after we are going to play (in the) FA Cup, and we need to be ready again, because we have a very busy schedule.”

Spurs play League Two side Tranmere in the third round of the FA Cup at Prenton Park on Friday followed by the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Tuesday.


Summaries for the Premier League on Tuesday
Everton (0) 0
Yellow card: André Gomes 52, Digne 80, Tosun 81
Subs used: Bernard 62 (André Gomes), Tosun 70 (Walcott)
Leicester City (0) 1
Scorers: J. Vardy 58
Yellow card: Evans 75
Subs used: Albrighton 46 (Ghezzal), Gray 93 (Vardy)
Attendance: 39,052
Referee: Martin Atkinson
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Arsenal (1) 4
Scorers: G. Xhaka 25, A. Lacazette 55, A. Ramsey 79, P.
Aubameyang 83
Subs used: Torreira 46 (Mustafi), Ramsey 75 (Lacazette),
Saka 83 (Iwobi)
Fulham (0) 1
Scorers: A. Kamara 69
Yellow card: Fosu-Mensah 77
Subs used: Fosu-Mensah 56 (Christie), Seri 61 (Cissé),
Kamara 61 (Schürrle)
Attendance: 59,887
Referee: Graham Scott
………………………………………………………..
Cardiff City (0) 0
Yellow card: Bamba 53
Subs used: Hoilett 46 (Josh Murphy), Ralls 59 (Víctor
Camarasa), Mendez-Laing 72 (Reid)
Tottenham Hotspur (3) 3
Scorers: H. Kane 3, C. Eriksen 12, Son Heung-Min 26
Subs used: Skipp 76 (Son Heung-Min), Llorente 86 (Alli)
Attendance: 32,485
Referee: Kevin Friend
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Wednesday, January 2 fixtures
AFC Bournemouth v Watford (2145)
Chelsea v Southampton (2145)
Huddersfield Town v Burnley (2145)
West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion (2145)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace (2145)
Newcastle United v Manchester United (2200)

Thursday, January 3
Manchester City v Liverpool (2200)

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