Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs dreaming of more than only finishing above Arsenal
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 27, 2017,
Apr 27, 2017, 15:07
Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen netted a superb 30-yard goal as Tottenham Hotspur downed Crystal Palace 1-0 yesterday to keep their Premier League title hopes alive.
"In the second half, it was a very good performance". "This is a tough place to come and we had to keep fighting".
Sakho, on loan from Liverpool, injured his right knee while stretching to make a tackle on Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
The Denmark global struck with a long-range drive 12 minutes from time to settle a tense game and move Spurs back to within four points of leaders Chelsea.
Spurs won 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Wednesday, 24 hours after Chelsea's 4-2 success against Southampton, to again close the gap between themselves and Antonio Conte's men to four points at the summit. That is so important because last season was a big challenge.
Tottenham quickly recovered from Saturday's FA Cup semifinal loss to Chelsea to continue its pursuit of its west London rival.
Eriksen took aim from 25 yards and his strike skidded away from Hennessey into the bottom-left corner to earn a potentially vital three points in the title race.
Spurs fought back but Kenya global Victor Wanyama was yellow-carded in the 26th minute of the first half while Christian Eriksen has a low shot blocked by Mamadou Sakho four minutes later.
Pochettino made a double change at the interval, replacing both his central midfielders, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama - who was lucky to still be on the pitch after escaping a second yellow card for a clumsy foul on Townsend - with Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko.
Leicester's plight is perilous, with the ailing champions only six points above the relegation zone with four games to go.
"It is the last at White Hart Lane, it will be very special for our fans, for everyone, I think it will be very exciting".
That seemed to benefit Spurs somewhat, Kyle Walker enjoying a more direct link to the midfielder's around him, exchanging one-two's with Christian Eriksen in a move that eventually led to the latter crossing into Wayne Hennessey's arms. We knew we had to dig deep and get a goal.
Palace lost Mamadou Sakho to a potentially serious injury in the 57th minute, the in-form centre-back, who is on loan from Liverpool, stretchered off after twisting his left knee.