Pochettino states where Tottenham can improve

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged his side to be more clinical after dominating proceedings against Middlesbrough on Saturday but only scoring twice.

The North London club extended their unbeaten start to the new season, beating Aitor Karanka’s men 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium courtesy of a first-half brace by Son Heung-min.

The victory takes Spurs up to second place on the Premier League table and in hot pursuit of runaway leaders Manchester City.

Pochettino has admitted that he was delighted with the manner in which he team played but stated that his attacking players need to take their chances in front of goal to kill off games.

“We were fantastic in the first half and it’s a shame we only scored twice,” the Argentine told the club’s official website.

“We have to learn, we need to be more aggressive and clinical and improve our percentage in front of goal.

“If that doesn’t happen then the second half can be difficult to manage. You always allow the possibility of the opponent scoring a goal and then you can suffer.

“But I’m happy with the victory, we fully deserved the win after the 90 minutes and I’m very pleased for everyone.”

Tottenham are back in European action in midweek and travel to face Russian side CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night and need a positive result after losing to Monaco in their opening Champions League outing.

The Premier League’s top two face off next Sunday as Spurs host City at White Hart Lane.