Wednesday 22 February 2017

Pochettino claims rout shows Spurs are real deal

Stoke City 0 Tottenham 4

Liam Blackburn

Published 11/09/2016 | 02:30

Harry Kane celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Erik Lamela. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Harry Kane celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Erik Lamela. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino believes his Tottenham players have proved last year's disappointment at missing out on the Premier League title is already out of their system after they thrashed Stoke 4-0.

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Five months ago, at this ground, Spurs won by the same scoreline to cut the gap on leaders Leicester to five points, though they would not win again in their remaining four fixtures as the Foxes sealed an unlikely championship victory.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides first goal. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides first goal. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Having taken five points from their opening three fixtures this term, Pochettino's side rediscovered the scintillating form they showed on that April night as Heung-Min Son scored twice and Dele Alli and Harry Kane opened their season's accounts.

It was a performance that echoed those which brought Spurs into the title picture last year and their Argentinian boss thought it showed there was no hangover at White Hart Lane.

"I think that after four games unbeaten you can see that the players are thinking about the new season, the new challenge," Pochettino said.

"We forget the past. We worked hard to forget last season and focus on the present. After four games we are unbeaten and you can see that the team has recovered.

Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides second goal. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides second goal. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

"We need to improve now. Pre-season was tough. Now we need to work hard, improve and stay together."

The home side's players were taunted with chants of 'Stoke City, it's happening again' as they unravelled in the second half despite starting brightly with new signings Wilfried Bony and Bruno Martins Indi handed debuts.

Potters boss Mark Hughes had an elevated viewpoint for the drubbing that unfolded having been sent to the stands with 10 minutes of the first half to go following an incident which saw Marko Arnautovic booked for diving.

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