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This was a different season. We showed that we improved and learned from last season, which is so important for us. We finished how we wanted to and I think it is fantastic.feedback
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May 22 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Mauricio Pochettino is associated, including White Hart Lane and Chelsea. Most recently, Mauricio Pochettino has been quoted saying: “For Harry, 30 games and 29 goals is unbelievable. The top scorer again. It is a big achievement and it helped the team to play well and achieve second place. After he scored the third goal he had a little physical problem so it was a moment to be responsible and safe. I preferred to keep him healthy and instead it is a challenge for him to get 30 goals next season. He can do that. Second in the table 86 points should be enough to win the Premier League in another season. Now for us it is move on, rest, try to improve the squad and try to challenge next season. It will be tough again.” in the article Golden Boot winner Kane 'one of the world's best' says Pochettino.
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It was a perfect performance and I am happy for the victory for our fans - it was a fantastic victory which the fans deserved. We had the control of the game and played better. It was another great performance at White Hart Lane and now we have to focus on the last two games. We are playing against Manchester United and they have very good players. They have been prepared to win the league and win big things. It is great to achieve second position and it is fantastic for us. We have been unbeaten at home all season so there are a lot of things to be happy about.feedback

We will be proud of our achievements - we fought for the Premier League.feedback

We've been thinking about it a lot and when the new stadium opens it will help us a lot to reach the next level. It will put the club in the last level in Europe.feedback

To be unbeaten at White Hart Lane in the last season here is something to be happy with.feedback

It was a very emotional game and ceremony. It's difficult to describe. I'm a very lucky guy to share the history of such a club in such a special moment. I want to say thanks to all my players and staff. We are sad and disappointed that Chelsea won the league but there is nothing to regret. All we can say is that next season we will give our best and try to win the league.feedback

I hope Sunday will be the most special day in the last three seasons. It will be special for our fans, staff, players, people who love Tottenham.feedback

I am very sensitive person and so emotional, so it will be difficult not to cry. I think for the fans it means a lot but in the same way – and I don't want to be wrong – I think our fans are so excited to welcome the new stadium, too.feedback

That doesn't mean they are happy it is the end of White Hart Lane, but that they are excited towards the progress. They are excited to the future of the club. Be sure it will be very, very emotional but at the same time it will be very, very exciting to welcome the new stadium.feedback

Luke is still learning how to be an experienced player and it is taking him time to mature. He is growing, maturing and needs to develop psychologically, mentally and tactically.feedback

Don't forget that Tottenham dropped at the first group stage, and then dropped in the first game in the Europa League [against Gent]. If you consider our games and their games, there is a difference of what, eight games?feedback

You can find many reasons why we lose. The reality is we didn't score.feedback

In football there are a lot of topics that make me laugh. We arrived at West Ham after nine games in a row.feedback

We're still fighting, we're disappointed with the result. Now we must wait for the Chelsea result and then there are three games ahead to play. I think you all know that now it is more difficult to try to catch Chelsea. But we need to try – always to the end, always. I think in the first half we dominated but created few clear chances to score. We're all disappointed. We didn't show the same performance as against Arsenal. I have listened about that [pressure] for many, many weeks. Maybe when you lose it is because of the pressure or a bad performance.feedback

To win a League or a trophy, there is a key moment and today was a key moment. It's not about playing good or bad, or running more or less. But when you need to win, you win. If you want to be champions you must win. How I don't know. We lose, we concede a goal, football is a game, you can win and lose, unlucky for us we lose today. We tried. I don't change my vision of my team. I'm very proud.feedback

We were missing a little bit, but we move on and try to finish in the best way the season, still fighting. It is not over. It is true that it will be difficult. Now we have to wait, but thinking that it will be difficult to catch Chelsea.feedback

It's difficult to keep your level. When we concede they play deeper and it's difficult to create the chance. We miss a little bit of fluidity to play in possession and move the ball quick and try to find the space and break them down. In the end I am calm, disappointed like our players, but we move on.feedback

I don't like to complain. I'm calm on the touchline, focused on the game to help the team. Maybe when we watch after we can have a different opinion. It wasn't some decisions that changed the game. We didn't play with the same…not intensity, but how we always play. It was difficult.feedback

We feel very sorry about the situation with Aaron, we wanted from here to send all our wishes that he recovers soon, him and his family. The club is in contact with his agent now, trying to see what we can do to help him. We all feel very sorry. He's a person that was here for nearly 10 years and Tottenham care a lot about his situation, the players, the staff, all the people are very concerned about his situation.feedback

Chelsea are a team with a lot of experience, players that won World Cups or the Premier League before. It's about trying to win games and points.feedback

Nothing happens for causality. It is always a consequence [of something else].feedback

We are in the race and the gap is back to four points. We have another big game against West Ham on Friday, another difficult derby. That could be a chance to put psychological pressure on Chelsea.feedback

I think today you can see our flexibility in our tactics during the game. How sometimes we had three at the back, four at the back, two at the back with three midfielders, we used the full-backs higher or close inside like a midfielder.feedback

It was a fantastic afternoon. I'm very happy for the players and the fans. To win against Arsenal in the last derby at White Hart Lane, it was emotional for everyone. We tried to pay the supporters back for the energy they gave us. But the most important thing was to keep the gap with Chelsea. We have to keep focusing on our game and now we can say that we are more mature than last season. Today was another chance to see the team learning and improving.feedback

But I have a massive respect for Arsene Wenger. I admire him for what he is doing in a club like Arsenal and it is a fantastic job. I am so happy, but our challenge is and our aim is not only to beat Arsenal but also the 19 teams in the Premier League. Of course I am very happy but I am also so calm as we have four games to play and now it is important to be focused and to try to reduce the gap to Chelsea.feedback

It could be important. We'll see after. We will have the chance to play before and if we are able to win at West Ham...it will be a tough game and a difficult game and if we are able to win we will see what happens. The players were really focused on the Arsenal game and I think they didn't realise what happened at Everton. We (the coaching staff) knew because we were watching, but they were very focused. They did not watch the Chelsea game.feedback

It is four points, with four games to play, all is possible in football and we'll see what happens next week. But now it's important to feel proud, happy, because the last game against Arsenal and all that means for our fans and those who love Tottenham, it was a fantastic afternoon. I am happy, as when always you play a derby like Tottenham, Arsenal it is always important to win.feedback

I think we're playing and fighting for bigger things. If we look at the bigger picture, it's to try to reduce the gap with Chelsea. I think today it's not important, the gap we have with Arsenal. The most important thing is to do our job, try to win games and try to reduce the gap with Chelsea.feedback

When you run more, you have more options to your team-mate when you are in possession. When you don't have the ball, it is to run to try to recover as soon as possible.feedback

You cannot ignore that it is a derby, with all that means, and we are also playing for another big thing, to be alive in the title race. It is a very tough job to be focused and it's true that emotion will be involved – maybe more than in other games. But the team has learned a lot. They know that football is emotion. It will not be new for the team to feel that emotion on Sunday.feedback

Faith and belief are important words. But most important is to feel the faith and the belief when it is running in your blood and your body.feedback

I believe in energía universal. It is connected. Nothing happens for causality. It is always a consequence [of something else]. Maybe, it is one of the reasons that Harry always scores in derbies. I believe in that energy. For me, it exists. That was a very bad period for us.feedback

We are playing from the beginning of the season as if it's the last game at White Hart Lane – the atmosphere, the players, the fans, everyone behaved with amazing energy. You can feel that. Our fans are so excited, and our players too. I think that feeling, that energy - that our fans translate to the team - is amazing. And it is key, to push you and help you to give your best.feedback

It's true that emotion will be involved, more than maybe in other games. But it's a good thing that the team learns a lot, they know that football is emotion; you play with emotion….feedback

It's not a motivation, that thing you explained now to me. My motivation is to win, my motivation is to try to win with Tottenham some titles, my motivation is that my players every day can improve and show that we are better than our opponents. I really don't care about that silly celebration that you explain now to me. The advantage is that my English is so bad and I don't read too much or listen too much. We are here to try to help this club achieve things – to be better every day, to be better every season. We want to win and we are focused on that, not on other things.feedback

We are professional. It is important for us to think for ourselves, to try to achieve our aim and don't think about what happens next to us with our opponent.feedback

My feeling is now, when you are so close, only four points [behind] – only, but it is massive when there are only five games to play – I will be very disappointed if we don't win the title. In that moment I will start to think of all the good things that have happened this season and then be realistic in analysing the season. I really don't think in which position is Arsenal. Our focus is to try and win every game and try to win the Premier League. Then we will have time to be happy and different things that make our fans happy.feedback

We know what Arsenal means, this game. Our challenge now is to try and reduce the gap to Chelsea again and think about bigger things than only to be above Arsenal.feedback

The last season at Sarrià was very emotional, with a big history. As a player, I felt how emotional it was – the last game against Valencia; the day that the stand came down; how the people cried. It was very, very emotional. And now it's happening at White Hart Lane. Many, many years later, I am living and feeling the same.feedback

They showed great character and personality after a very disappointing weekend. The team is showing we are ready this season to fight.feedback

It's a special season for us at White Hart Lane – we can all feel it. It's very special every time we play. The fans are more open to help the team and the team is more focused, trying to repay the support of the fans. It's a moment in which we feel very comfortable at the stadium and you start to miss it before you leave. Every time you are there, you start to miss it.feedback

It was unbelievable - a very good performance. I think [in the] second half we played much better than in the first half.feedback

The team are now showing we are ready. We are ready this season to fight and, next season, we'll be even better. We are showing that we learned a lot from last season as a team. That is so important because last season was a big challenge. To improve on that season, that was difficult. Last season, the team were fantastic, playing well, and it was a massive challenge to improve again.feedback

Now we have reduced the gap again to four points, but every victory is not to send a message to Chelsea. After every victory, the most important thing for us is you build your confidence, trust and belief. It's more for us than to send a message to our opponents. That for me is good. It's about building confidence, your faith that you can win. Then to fight on the pitch. It's not mind games. It's about building a strong belief, a winning mentality.feedback

You are playing, not thinking about the gap or what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. From our position, you're trying to help the team. As the game finishes, you start to see all (the picture), but the trust and belief and confidence was good.feedback

It was important for us, that victory in a very tough game against a team who were in very good form. We showed great character, personality after a very disappointing weekend. I'm very pleased with my players, a big effort. We played much better in the second half after changing something at half-time. We'd found it hard to move the ball quickly and find the space to move forward and create chances. But, after 97 minutes, we fully deserved the win.feedback

It was a big challenge today, to be still alive in the title race.feedback

The possibility of finishing above Arsenal is not a motivation or a distraction. We are just focusing on trying to beat Arsenal. What happens at the end of the season, we'll see. We'll have time to speak then, but the focus is on winning the next game.feedback

On the replays, it was very funny because nobody touched him. At Tottenham we are doing things and the club has a lot of potential, so there is focus on a talented player.feedback

He is playing in Qatar and he was a Barcelona player, he's my enemy. He tried to destroy our focus to win because he hates me. He's Barcelona – a player, a fan, you know. I remember the game when Xavi fell down [in 2009], it wasn't a penalty, but the referee awarded it. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the penalty and Barcelona won the game. Xavi fell and said 'penalty!' and it was given. My relationship with [chairman] Daniel Levy is very close. We have a plan to improve and we will deliver it when we finish the season.feedback

For our fans, it is so clear that all the decisions we take are to try to improve the team, try to be more competitive next season.feedback

The players we want to keep, we will keep, because the chairman said to me: 'We don't need the money. If we sell some players, it is because we want to. We will sell players because of the players we want to sign.feedback

The most important thing is to enjoy the present. I am so sad [about the sudden death of Tottenham's Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu last week] – don't think about the future. In the future we will take the best decisions for the club. After three years you can see how the team is improving every year and all our decisions so far have been good. Trust in the club that we will take the best decision for the club to achieve [our goals], improve next season again. That's the most important thing.feedback

We need to check him and he needs to recover the feeling of the competition after three months. That is difficult for a player after three months. Its difficult but the door is not closed and we are flexible.feedback

Next Sunday it will be three months since he got injured. We will see. Today he started to do some things with the group. We will see how he reacts in the next few days. Then we will see. We have been careful with him but we are happy that he is in a good way. We hope he will be available as soon as possible to be selected.feedback

On Monday, Thierry Henry came to our training ground [to interview Harry Kane for Sky TV] and we remembered the Barcelona v Espanyol game from December 2009, in which Henry played for Barcelona. I was the Espanyol manager. In it, Xavi cheated the referee. He fell down and got a penalty. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored and Barcelona won 1-0. I always remember Xavi for that decision.feedback

He's in a period where he loves to talk. He's in Doha. He tries to destroy our focus to win because he hates me. He's Barcelona. I know him very well because I played against him a lot.feedback

He's in a period when he loves to talk, he's in Doha [playing for Al Sadd] and listen, he was Barcelona player, he's my enemy. He tried to destroy our focus to win because he hates me because he's Barcelona - player, fans, you know. I know him [Xavi] very well, I played against him a lot and when I was a manager [at Espanyol]. Yesterday there was Thierry [Henry] here and we remembered the game that he cheated the referee. He fell down, it wasn't a penalty, but Ibrahimovic scored for Barcelona and they won the game.feedback

If some clubs are interested in some players it is very clear you need to knock on the door of Daniel Levy. If any player is going to leave the club it is always the club's decision. All the players today have contracts for the next two or three years, minimum, and we're not worried.feedback

It is only me who makes the decision and I think the plan was good. The first goal we conceded there was no tactical problem to do with Sonny's position. The second goal was unlucky because for me it was not a penalty. How many times did you see Moses arrive in the final third? One and that ended with the penalty. That was unlucky. They found time to score four and they had only one corner. We had 11. If you see the stats, it was a completely unfair result. But that is football.feedback

I am confident we will fight till the end of the season. For now it is hard to offer consolation to you, the fans and the players because it is hard to lose in a semi-final but we need to move on and try to prepare for the next game and be as strong.feedback

It is important to speak about the moments of the game. We fought a lot. We tried and scored. The penalty for me was a soft penalty or was not a penalty. To go into the changing room 2-1 down was difficult and again we played well in the second half and scored, but then they came back.feedback

To fight on that level with Chelsea, one of the best teams in England, is a big thing for us. Two years ago it was difficult to think of us being at that level – the semi-finals of the FA Cup and fighting for the Premier League. Now it is a reality.feedback

I cannot change the past. You need to deal with today - the present - to have a better future. I know that if you're a supporter you feel very disappointed today. You always want to win. But with the project and in the moment that we are in I feel very proud. They players are making a fantastic effort. I believe this is an exciting team and it is only a matter of time until we win. We have to be careful how we build the team over the next two years. It was not today, this season, but we will try again next season for sure.feedback

At Spurs, you always like a manager and a player who lifts the trophies. We will arrive there, we are ambitious.feedback

I hope they will continue [to have problems] in this way.feedback

If some clubs are interested in some players it is very clear you need to knock on the door of [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy. If any player is going to leave the club it is always our decision, the club's decision. I invite all the clubs that want players from Tottenham to come to the training ground and visit our chairman Daniel Levy. [Alderweireld] is playing and it is his second season with the club. I don't think anybody has any doubts about Toby.feedback

Then we signed Wanyama and played both, but we had some injuries like Toby [Alderweireld] and Jan [Vertonghen], and Eric was the perfect player to play as a centre back. That is a good thing for the player, the possibility to play in different positions and do well in every one.feedback

We provided all the tools [for Dier] to be a Premier League player. My first game in charge against West Ham, he started as a centre back, next to Kaboul. Kyle Naughton got a red card, he moved to full-back and scored. That season, he played like a full back, like a centre back but never as a midfielder. Then in the summer, we were looking for a midfielder and we had plenty of options (to buy one), but I decided to play Eric in midfield.feedback

The pressure is on Chelsea to win at Old Trafford and [that] will be very tough for them.feedback

If they fail, we are there. It will be fantastic if [after that game] the gap is still four points. Four points is still a lot. They are the favourites and they are on the top. We are fighting for ourselves and to be there and play for the top four. For the second consecutive season we are there and it's fantastic for the club. I'm very pleased. The performance was fantastic. I'm very happy for the players and the fans.feedback

Leicester fully deserved the title but now, I think you understand more our behaviour against Chelsea. Now, you recognise that the situation was so, so difficult for us.feedback

We fought against everyone and we spent a lot of energy. But now we are focused on fighting only our opponent when we play. Now, it is fair play. It's so fair play. Nobody is against Tottenham and I think it is a [fair] competition. I feel it's up to Chelsea and then, it's up to us or the teams behind us. I feel it's fair play today.feedback

The world tried to kill Tottenham last season. It was good if you heard before Palace-Arsenal from Ranieri. We recognised that the world was, for us, trying to help Leicester. When I told you that last season, maybe you thought: 'This guy is a little bit crazy.' But now that you hear from him, I think you can put [yourself] in my position and the players' position. It was so, so difficult because the team that all the world tried to kill was Tottenham in second place. It was impossible to understand why.feedback

If they don't get any points, it would be fantastic but Chelsea would still be the favourites to win the title. Four points is still a lot.feedback

It was very good to hear that comment from Ranieri because it means a lot. It means a lot. We learned a lot from last season. There was a very bad period at the end when we spent a lot of energy fighting against Leicester but also against West Bromwich, against Chelsea, against the media, against the people.feedback

There is big pressure to win when you are a big club. But for me the best example in football in many years was Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson – and what he created with young talent from the academy or from England. It created the core of a team that won everything. That is a good example for me. From day one, when we arrived at Southampton, we always said to you, the fans and the coaches that the most important thing was to show belief and faith in the young talent in England. One of our challenges in the last four years was to show the English people that the talent exists here.feedback

I think he should win – he deserves it. I am very pleased for all those nominated.feedback

I am so happy for him because, yes, I always knew the relationship from day one was tough. Was friendly, lovely, but tough too because it's like when you have your son, you love him, but sometimes you have to be tough.feedback

He's special. He's a bit different to all the players that play now at his age. He's so experienced. His energy, his character, his quality. I think he is a unique player. He's different to another, it's so difficult to compare to another. He's a great. First of all a great kid, I think he's a lovely, lovely person. And then he is a great player. And then, he is so young he can improve a lot, he can learn a lot, his potential is massive. But every day he's improving, and every day he gets more mature. He's improving in his skills, but in his character as well.feedback

It's true, yes my relationship is good with him. He is a really, really lovely person and that makes us very happy because he's enjoying his football. I remember after a game many people criticised me, killed me, killed him and time has shown we are right to support him. To give love, because he is so young.feedback

They [the players] talk for us on the pitch and we are very pleased and very proud of that performance. Watford started with good energy, massive motivation to play against us, and to be patient was one of the keys.feedback

We look at us, we need to see us. It's important that we compete against us. It is true that we feel free because we are in the second position. The gap is four but they have one game more to play. We have to try to win games and be ready if Chelsea fail. I'm very happy with the performance. We need to keep pushing. We're in a good position. We have great momentum. Belief is here. I think the team deserve full credit because the energy and the way that we played was fantastic – 4-0 but I think we deserved more goals.feedback

We played really well. We played with a very good energy, very clear in the way that we tried to beat Watford.feedback

After 15 minutes we controlled and dominated the game and the three points are fully deserved.feedback

I'm not doubting Harry Kane. If he plays from the beginning or not, I think there's no doubt that Harry is one of our best players. In Barcelona, Messi was injured for a month but Barcelona were still winning, and then when Messi's available again, you don't say 'hmm, I don't know'. Different names, I can't tell you. But there's no doubt Harry's one of the best players that we have. It's very good news for him and for us. He's an important player for us, and for him to be available for us is great.feedback

We are happy, he's ready, maybe normally after one month out you need to feel the competition. But he's a special player, he tries to push himself a lot. We do need to decide tomorrow if he will be in the starting XI or on the bench. But the good news is he's back. And he's our main striker. What Harry means for the team is a massive boost for us and it's fantastic news.feedback

He's always desperate to play, he's always pushing you to try to let him train, play, and score goals. His character is unbelievable.feedback

I think we are more strong with Kane and ready to fight again. I think this is very important. You use a lot of players in the squad and all the players are very important in the season.feedback

It is difficult enough to affect your own team, even when you are with them every day. Now it is up to them to win the league. We are in a position where we need to do our job, win games and put pressure on them. But it's true that if after the last eight games of the season they haven't won the league, it will be tough for them to accept. I don't believe in mind games. The 'mind game' is to provide my team with belief and character, which we showed at Swansea [in a 3-1 victory].feedback

I believe that we can win every game if we play like [we did against Swansea] - and then we'll see. It's important to go game by game and be focusing on our opponent, and on ourselves. This was another example football is a collective matter. It was a massive moment [when Son scored to put Spurs 2-1 ahead] because how we turned it around was unbelievable. We're still pushing, believing, pressuring the opponent [Chelsea]. It means a lot. We realised the three points would be fantastic for us. From the touchline, you must translate confidence, trust and belief.feedback

We allowed them to believe because we conceded a goal, but the most important thing for us was to show collective faith and spirit.feedback

We started the game well and created chances in the first few minutes. We maybe feel that the game is going to be easy.feedback

I respect Antonio Conte very much. I didn't hear him say that, but it's true if you compare us with Chelsea in the last 10 years, Chelsea have won titles and we haven't. To create the winning mentality you need this type of game, belief, and you need time. It's important to show that we learned, because maybe last season this was a game we would've lost.feedback

We hope Hugo will be well again. Victor wasn't 100% to be in the team or on the bench, but we hope to have him back on the weekend.feedback

If we are focused only on the next game and nothing after, and if we are positive, I think we can get the three points but first of all we need to play. We need to be better than Swansea and it's sure we will need to fight a lot against them.feedback

He twisted his ankle but we need to see what happened in his ankle on the scan.feedback

That's a good lesson for us all. Belief is the most important thing in football. Not quality, running or being strong but belief, faith and fight. Nothing is impossible in football and that is our idea, our philosophy. We need to keep going in that direction and it is true the Premier League is tough to play in, and to win every game and compete. It's so competitive. But can it [catch Chelsea] happen? Yes, of course, it can happen and in our mind we must be positive to try to dream and give our best.feedback

We hope there is no big issue. But it is true it will be difficult for him to play again this season.feedback

I think the momentum is good for us. We feel good, we trust in ourselves, in the way we play. We are a real contender now for the top four and that is very good news for us. I think today if we assess the season I think it's fantastic. We are there, second in the table, and now in the last period we must focus and concentrate and try to do our best and take the fight to them.feedback

It's a big, big gap. Seven points is a massive difference. There's still a lot of work to do. And it's true that Chelsea, two years ago they won the Premier League and I think 80% of their players have experienced the pressure. They can win and they can lose but it's not about pressure for them, or stress.feedback

It's a problem in his ankle. Now, we need to wait for results. We hope it won't be a big issue but we'll see. It's sad, always. Harry is very young and an important player for us and it's always bad news when a player gets an injury.feedback

I must give all the credit to my staff and the sports science team, all the medical staff, because they have created a new Mousa Dembele who is strong and can play regularly. If you are honest, you would agree with me. We provide individual training plans to every player and Mousa started to work very hard. We are very happy with him.feedback

I always tell him: 'Mousa, when I write my book, you will be one of my genius players, who I have been lucky to meet. One was Maradona. The others were Ronaldinho, Okocha and De La Pena. We have always told Mousa that if we had taken him at 18 or 19, he would have become one of the best players in the world. I would love to have taken him on at 18. He didn't play too much in his first season (Dembele made only 10 league starts in the 2014-15 campaign) as he always had physical problems.feedback

Now I think it's very difficult situation, very tough for him. He needs our love, our support, and to make sure that all is going well. I hope all is going well on Saturday and then he starts to think about his recovery as soon as possible.feedback

I have tried to remind my players that football is not only when you have the ball. Football is also when you do not have the ball too. To fight, to press, to challenge with your opponent. Not wait and be passive.feedback

I did it today again. I challenged with Cameron and hurt my hand. He crushed everyone in the box. You know I like to fight with the players to show them I am stronger than them, mentally and physically. Sometimes physically I lose the challenge because they are physically stronger, but I am stronger here (points to head). The Premier League is a very hard league. You can play all the nice football and tiki-taka, but in the Premier League sometimes you must fight to win. When you play Burnley you must play well with the ball, but when you don't have it you must be ready to fight.feedback

We need to be aggressive and proactive and to try to challenge the opponent. That is how we are every single training session playing football, but fighting too.feedback

I always say 'Mousa, in my book, you will be one of my genius players that I have been lucky to meet'. One was Maradona, Ronaldinho, Okocha and De La Pena. He was a genius too and Mousa Dembele. We always tell him that 'if we had taken you at eighteen or nineteen years old, you would have become one of the best players in the world'. I would have loved to have taken him on at 18.feedback

That season, he played like a full back, like a centre back but never as a midfielder. Then in the summer, we were looking for a midfielder and we had plenty of options (to buy one), but I decided to play Eric in midfield. I created a system that he felt comfortable in. He played like a midfielder without the ball, but with the ball he was a third centre back. You can see in possession he dropped in between the centre backs or between the full back and the centre back, and always we play with three.feedback

People say now Chelsea changed the system, but no we played always the three in possession. Out of possession, Eric moved in front and without the ball he tried to press and play like a midfielder. Then we signed Wanyama and played both, but we had some injuries like Toby (Alderweireld) and Jan (Vertonghen), and Eric was the perfect player to play as a centre back. That is a good thing for the player, the possibility to play in different positions and do well in every one.feedback

I am an Espanyol supporter and I don't speak too much. It's like if Daniel Levy sacked me in a few years, it would be impossible to manage Arsenal. In football it's difficult to keep values, to stay loyal with heart and emotion. But, for me, it's more important to be loyal. I am an Espanyol fan, I love Espanyol and now Tottenham. For me, it would be impossible one day to move to Arsenal. It would be impossible.feedback

I'm an Espanyol supporter – I think then I don't need to speak too much. It is like one day if [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy sacks me in a few years, for me it would be impossible to manage Arsenal. In football it is difficult to keep values like loyalty but, to me, loyalty and honesty come before being a manager or a player. I am an Espanyol fan and I love Espanyol. Now I am at Tottenham it would be impossible for me to move to Arsenal one day.feedback

I don't like to speak about rumours, but it was true that I saw Bartomeu by coincidence in a bar in Barcleona, last Tuesday.feedback

[The rivalry with Arsenal] creates speculation for the media, but the aim for us is always to win the next game. The aim is the next game. It's difficult because there's 10 days without our players on the international break, but we hope all will come back in good condition. To get the three points, you always have to work hard. Southampton are a very good team with very good players and it was difficult, but in the end I think we deserved the victory.feedback

We can trust in the players that can replace him. We are fully confident in the squad and team, and we hope that we will win games and finish in a very good way.feedback

It's easy to say we need better players on the bench behind Harry Kane, but it's complicated for offensive players who are behind Diego Costa, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez or Zlatan Ibrahimovic at big teams. He is motivated and confident. He is feeling a little bit of relief as his first goal from open play and that is important. I am happy in the way that he trained this week too. It is true that we will miss Harry, as he is one of the best strikers in the world. But what can we do now.feedback

You see different players arrive this season, there's a lot of examples….when you have a main striker like Harry Kane, it's difficult for a second or third striker to take his place.feedback

We will see. But it was good last season to finish badly and finish third. It was the best position in the history of the Premier League for Tottenham. I hope we finish badly and maybe win a trophy or finish second!feedback

It's easy to say we need better players on the bench behind Harry Kane, but it's complicated for offensive players who are behind Diego Costa, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez or Zlatan Ibrahimovic at big teams. He's very young and came from Holland, a different league, the adaptation is difficult but he's in the process to learn and improve. It's only his first season in England.feedback

He twisted his ankle. Now we wait, assess and see what happened. It is the same ankle as he injured against Sunderland. We hope it's not a big issue but it looks similar [to the injury earlier in the season]. It will be difficult for him to play against Southampton.feedback

Harry was in the boot afterwards because in a situation like this, the doctor is cautious. Before a scan, the doctor tries to immobilise the joint, with a boot and crutches – to try to avoid any [further] problems.feedback

It's the same ankle as before in the Sunderland game. Now, it's a matter of waiting. We will assess it tomorrow and, after tomorrow, we will see what happens. It's difficult. It looks a similar situation to Sunderland. It was a similar action. It's sure it will be difficult for him to play against Southampton on Sunday but we need to wait now and see what happens.feedback

Harry is our main striker, one of the best in England, but we can't cry about it now. We have to be positive. We have enough players to try and replace him. It won't be an excuse if we don't win or achieve our aims because Harry is not in the team.feedback

It's true that the gap is seven points and I would like to be closer than seven points, but I think if you keep going in that way, maybe we will achieve it in the end, if they (Chelsea) fail. It's up to us to keep our form and to be a little bit lucky if Chelsea fail. We need to be there, I told you before it's not up to us of course, but it's up to us to be ready if they fail. And I think this was very important for us to get three points and keep second place and try now to be focusing on the next game in the FA Cup. It's another competition and we want to go as far as possible.feedback

In the last few weeks she has not been coming to White Hart Lane so I said, better you stay at home because we keep winning. I was mad. When we finished the game, I saw my phone and my wife said, Oh, what did you do? You lost your head when Dele scored?' Never again', my wife said.feedback

You can concede some goals – that is football. We lacked concentration at the end but we deserved the victory and played very well. We were fantastic in the first half, we dominated the chances of the game and played with a high tempo. It is true that maybe 3-2 looks like it was tough but I think we did much better than Everton. We showed good quality. Everton had played very well in the last few months, so we knew it was a good challenge for us.feedback

The fantastic three points keep us in a very good position in the table, fighting for the top four, top six. Now it is one week clear to try and prepare for the FA Cup against Millwall here. We are in a good way and need to keep going.feedback

It is another fantastic achievement for the group. We feel very proud about that. We make history with this group, they are young players and it is only the start of good things that are coming in the future. I am very pleased for the players. This is a fantastic club with our supporters and I am very happy and proud to have broken the record here. The atmosphere is great and we can feel that. We are in a very good position here. It was a great result and fantastic performance. I am disappointed with their second goal but without that we played very well.feedback

I always try to be honest and fair. I am very happy with Vincent's reaction over the last few weeks and how he is training now. He realised the need to fight on the training ground and try to give me the trust and the confidence for after to give the possibility to play. I think he took a very good way now to try to fight for his place here.feedback

I saw, because it's a big list - 100 names! It's like if I go, I saw a list of 50, not 100 names, to replace me. Like always, I tell you. I know the business very well. I was born not with a bull, but a ball in my arms. Ball, not bull. I understand very well the business and you do, too.feedback

What I'm trying to explain is that I know very well the business, the football. Because when I was born, it's true – my mum and my dad put not a bull, a ball in my arms. It's a metaphorical example to say that I understand football, the business. I understand that my name will be on a list.feedback

I can only say I am happy here. I understand the business, I understand my name is on some lists. It is normal in football today.feedback

But I trust that he can play Sunday. If not, if he is a risk, he will not be in the squad.feedback

I saw it's a big list, 100 names. Like I always told you it's a business I know very well. I was born with a ball in my arms and I understand very well the business. I don't take it as flattering. For me Tottenham is one of the biggest clubs. We play very good football, [have an] exciting team and very good players. It's normal we catch the attention of other clubs and football people. We are part of that business and our names always appear on the lists. But at the end of the game when it got cold, it appeared more painful.feedback

I don't take this as being flattering. I just understand that we are at one of the biggest clubs in Europe – because, for me, Tottenham is one of the biggest clubs – and you can see that we play very good football, we have an exciting team and very good players. So it's normal that we've called the attention of the rest of the clubs, of football people around the world. We are one of the exciting teams to watch but I don't take it as flattering. Only that we are part of that business and our names always appear on the lists.feedback

It's a big list – 100 names. It's like if I go [from Tottenham] – I see a list of 50 names to replace me. Not 100! I always tell you, I know it [the football business] very well. I understand very well the business and you do, too.feedback

No, what I'm trying to explain is that I know very well the business, the football. When I was born, my mum and my dad put not a bull but a ball in my arms. It's a metaphorical example to say that I understand football and the business. I understand that my name will be on a list.feedback

I don't want to speak because if you speak too much or if you speak, it's possible that people can twist my words. I can only say that I am happy here [at Tottenham]. I understand the business and I can understand that my name is on some list – like if I go and there appears some list of managers who are at other clubs. It's normal in football today.feedback

It is difficult to fight for the Premier League if you show that performance, that lack of desire to play for a win. If you start a game like we start then it is very difficult.feedback

It's a problem with his ankle. He's in the hospital now and we need to wait for the results. We're still waiting on Harry Winks but Victor Wanyama got a big knock on his back and hopefully it's not a big issue for him. Harry Kane is good, he's doing things on the pitch and may be back in a few weeks.feedback

I'm very proud because it was a really tough game for us. We showed great character and I'm very proud and pleased because the performance in the second half was very good. This win is massive for us - we have to be there if Chelsea fail and we are there. We are fighting for the Premier League. When you reduce the gap to seven points it's completely different to 10 points - we just have to be there if Chelsea fail and want to be there until the end of the season.feedback

It is so important now to try and win trophies, that is our aim. I think still we are in the race. It's true that it will be difficult but we will see what happens.feedback

I can understand our fans being excited about finishing above Arsenal, but I don't feel the same because for me it is about trying to win the title.feedback

It's going to be tough for both teams but we play at White Hart Lane and need to be aggressive. We will be very confident and will try to show we are better then them.feedback

Chelsea arrive in very good shape - us too after the last few games. It will be a very tough game and a great opportunity for us to try to stop them and try to reduce the gap. It's important, I think it's important for us and for the Premier League to try to win and try to stop them and reduce the gap.feedback

I am very disappointed with the result. It was a bad day in the office but we need to accept that.feedback

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