Pochettino proud of ‘near perfect’ Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised his side's effort in their 2-0 victory over table-topping Manchester City over the weekend.

Spurs brought Pep Guardiola's men crashing down to earth when City looked set to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack – Pochettino's charges are now just one point adrift of the Manchester giants and a point ahead of Liverpool.

An Aleksandar Kolarov own goal and a beautifully worked Delle Alli goal gave Spurs all three points, and the men from North London were full value for their win.

"I am very happy, very pleased," said Pochettino. "It was a near perfect performance. To play a great team like City, you need to do a fantastic job. So, yes, I'm very proud. We worked very hard and all the players were fantastic.

"It was a really exciting game. Both teams play in an exciting way. We share a similar philosophy.

"I said after Monaco I was disappointed with the lack of passion. Today you can win or lose but have no regrets. That is the attitude we need to keep. It is important to be consistent. It is too early to talk about aims but today is the way we want to work. It is a good example to follow."

Pochettino believes that his Spurs side have the qualities to go toe-to-toe with the Premier League's big boys.

"We are at a different level to other clubs but we work hard to improve and if we play with passion we have enough quality to fight with the big teams," he said.