Tuesday 15 October 2019

Spurs boss hungry for more home rule

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Crystal Palace

Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela (right) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela (right) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

George Sessions

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino challenged his players to perform and be focused on a consistent basis and revealed David Beckham wishes he could play for this team.

The former England captain watched on from the stands as Spurs tore the visitors apart with Son Heung-min netting a first-half brace in the Premier League fixture.

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Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela. Photo: Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela. Photo: Reuters/Tony O'Brien

Patrick van Aanholt also put through his own net while Erik Lamela wrapped up a 32-minute scoring spree before the break. With the European transfer window now shut and no more distractions for his players, Pochettino wants to see more displays of this manner, especially in their new stadium.

"We haven't played too many games here," he said. "Our first game was against Palace then we played a few games more, some in the Champions League, now three in the Premier League this season. Still, it's all new.

"I think it's an amazing stadium. I was talking to David Beckham just now and he said 'I wish I could still play football and play now for Tottenham because this stadium is amazing'.

"For us it's so important to make our stadium our home and start to feel comfortable. It's completely different to White Hart Lane and of course I think with time we are going to feel at home and it's going to be difficult for opponents to beat us."

Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein

Tottenham were at their scintillating best from the off, attempting two shots inside a minute before Son opened the scoring in the 10th minute.

Toby Alderweireld picked him out with a wonderful through ball and the South Korean cut inside and drilled into the corner.

Spurs doubled their advantage 11 minutes later when Serge Aurier - making his first start of the season - saw his cross deflected in by Van Aanholt.

The floodgates were open now and Son increased his tally with 23 minutes played, volleying home Aurier's cross before Lamela got on the end of Harry Kane's centre in the 42nd minute.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson admitted the opening 45 minutes from his side was not good enough and felt the only positive was Mamadou Sakho playing the whole match for the first time since February.

"We are obviously unhappy with our first-half performance," he said. "All of us are prepared to accept the responsibility for that. We didn't show the intensity I hoped we would, but I don't want to take too much away from Tottenham during that spell because they played very well. I am glad it didn't become more than four."

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