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Mauricio Pochettino hails Tottenham's belief since defeat to Man City

Mauricio Pochettino hails Tottenham's belief since defeat to Man City
From ESPN - January 13, 2018

LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino hailed the way his Tottenham team has responded to last month's one-sided defeat at Manchester City after they thrashed Everton 4-0 on Saturday.

Runaway league-leaders City underlined their Premier League dominance by hammering last season's runners-up 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Dec. 16, to move 21 points clear of Pochettino's side.

Since then, Spurs have won five out of six games, only failing to beat West Ham in a frustrating 1-1 draw, and Saturday's victory over the Toffees moved them level with fourth-place Liverpool, who host City on Sunday.

Pochettino suggested that the result at City was a turning point, and praised the character of the squad for responding.

"Manchester City was a tough defeat," Pochettino said. "They were so clinical. The game was not bad [for us], only that they were and are in an amazing moment. It was so important to work hard, try to keep going and show we can win games and fight for big things.

"Always the character is so important when you receive this type of defeat -- you have to stand up and start to win games. I am so pleased with the character [of the squad]."

Pochettino added of the thrashing at Eastlands: "Sometimes the circumstances in which you play are not the best. Manchester City is keeping consistency, their level in the last six or seven months. They are doing so well.

"If you want to win big things -- the Premier League, the Champions League -- that is our challenge [too]. All that we showed today, we must [show] in every game we play, every week. That is our challenge, our objective. It's tough to be at this type of level for a long period."

Harry Kane scored two second-half goals to surpass Teddy Sheringham as Spurs' all-time leading Premier League marksmen on 98 and Pochettino said 2017's top goal scorer in elite European football would only continue to break records.

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