Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham's ability to stay targeted amid various distractions has propelled his facet into second place in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham's ability to stay targeted amid various distractions has propelled his facet into second place in the Premier League.
A 5-0 Wembley demolition of Bournemouth on Wednesday featured 2 goals from Son Heung-Min and one each from Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura.
The merciless massacre allowed Tottenham to capitalise on Manchester City's loss at Leicester and move higher than the champions.
Tottenham began the campaign by setting an uncommon record: they became the first Premier League facet to fail to sign any new player in a summer transfer window.
Other off-field issues have beset the north London club, not least delays to the opening of the new 62 000-seat sports stadium at White Hart Lane that forced them to continue using Wembley as a temporary home for much longer than at the start planned.
But despite that Tottenham have continued to prosper on the pitch under Pochettino, who is considered Manchester United's most popular option to become their new permanent manager at the end of the season.
The Bournemouth win followed a 6-2 success at Everton on Sunday, keeping morale high heading into 2019, when Tottenham will also compete in the Champions League knockout stages.
Over the last six months we've not complained concerning something," Pochettino aforesaid.
The one factor we have kept is the belief and being positive and we have created a bubble.
We are in this position because we've worked lots and the players really believe."
Liverpool s win at home to Newcastle means they're currently six points clear and favourites to win the Premier League for the first time.
Tottenham haven't won the title since the early 1960s and last won a trophy in 2008, but they're firmly in the title hunt.
They did not resemble contenders when city won 1-0 at Wembley on 29 Oct to drop Tottenham to fifth, however Pochettino never grew down-hearted.
We kept our way," Pochettino said. "I wasn't negative eight weeks past and currently i'm not so positive. I try to keep a balance of my emotions.
Of course we are so happy however it hasn't surprised me because we were invariably targeted on us, never on the opponent.
We are happy because we are in an exceedingly smart position but it doesn't mean too much to be second, third or first currently, the most vital issue is where you finish.
Of course now is the challenge to keep the level and try to extend because it's going to be harder than before. we'd like to keep humble and work effortlessly."
The scoreline was harsh on Bournemouth, who have currently lost four away games in a row.
They created many chances however didn't convert any while conceding regularly at the other end.
It was a very strange game," said manager Eddie Howe, who has been suggested as a potential successor to Pochettino should the latter leave Spurs.
The game turned on the first goal. we never really recovered from that but all through the match we had opportunities that we did not take."
The Cherries' afternoon was made worse by a knee injury to defender Simon Francis, who was stretchered off simply before break
We are very concerned that it might be serious," Howe said. "It is massively disappointing for a player who has been impressive for this club. we hope it's not as dangerous as it looks."