Pochettino hails dominant Spurs

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised his players after a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday kept them firmly in the title race.

Harry Kane opened the scoring after just 45 seconds at White Hart Lane and had another in the 16th minute before seeing his 52nd minute effort banged in on the rebound by Christian Eriksen.

“I think scoring so early helped us, we dominated and deserved that result,” Pochettino said after the game. “It’s always the plan to score as soon as possible and today it was possible.

“Every game is hard in the Premier League but we showed maturity and the perfect balance between both situations, offensive and defensive.

“The performance was good after that, we had control, created chances and we can feel very proud. This squad is fantastic, the players and the commitment they show every week, not just today but from the beginning of the season.”

The win keeps Spurs five points behind Leicester City with seven games left to play, and the Argentine boss had special praise for Kane, who is now the Premier League top scorer with 21 goals.

“He’s one of the best strikers and we’re happy for him,” Pochettino added. “He’s a special player. He’s a Tottenham person and the way he plays – he’s a fighter, has skills and he’s a fantastic player.”