Pochettino demands consistency from title-chasing Spurs

Pochettino demands consistency from title-chasing Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino admitted it was vital for Tottenham Hotspur to start the new year with a bang and record a "massive" victory at Cardiff City that reignites their hopes of staying in the Premier League title race.

The win lifted Spurs back up to second place and to within six points of leaders Liverpool.

"I don't have news", Pochettino told reporters.

Harry Kane achieved a personal milestone as Spurs eased past Cardiff 3-0 tonight.

Kane needed just over two minutes to complete his set and Spurs completed the job with goals from Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.

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"I was pleased we didn't just fold in the second half".

"They came with massive confidence in the way they played the last game and it was a massive victory for us - three points that makes us believe a little bit more in our possibility to be in a very good position in the table".

The goal meant Kane has now scored against all 28 Premier League teams he has faced, and nine minutes later he was joined on the scoresheet by Eriksen, who again capitalised on some more suspect Cardiff defending before expertly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

And the Spurs boss said he was delighted with the way his players handled their fourth league game in 10 days.

"So, of course, I congratulate the players because the effort was fantastic". "I think we started the game well, we were so clinical from the beginning. It's very good news for Tottenham".

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"All the planning goes out of the window", Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said.

'Man United, it was two-and-a-half minutes, today one-and-a-half minutes.

It is amusing, or perhaps alarming, to think that if Tottenham had been offered their money back for the £30 million man in the summer, they would surely have taken it with glee.

Pochettino added: "I think, after the Wolves defeat, which in football can happen, we need to be clever enough to try to move on and to find energy again to be competitive because it's going to be tough".

Cardiff never gave up and Lloris smothered a header from Aron Gunnarssson, but there was no doubting Spurs' superior quality.

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