It was a little too close for comfort, but Tottenham got the three points they needed against Southampton on Saturday.
After a disappointing night against Colchester United in the League Cup third round in midweek, Spurs were back in action against the Saints in the Premier League at the weekend. And it all started so well when Tanguy Ndombele put his side 1-0 up.
However, they were soon down to 10 men following Serge Aurier’s dismissal for two bookable offences, and Danny Ings was then able to level things up just eight minutes later.
Fortunately, Harry Kane was on hand to restore the lead just before half-time, and that proved to be the last goal of the game.
Mauricio Pochettino spoke after the match and, after the poor week they had, his comments summed up the general feeling at the north London outfit currently. He explained:
“We have worked very hard for five years to put the club in the level that no-one expected. That is why now for some results that were not in the way people expected, we don’t give up, so we need to be strong to be stronger.”
Indeed, the former Espanyol boss can be proud of the job he has done at Tottenham. When he arrived in 2014, the club had finished sixth in the table and the best part of £109.69m had been wasted in the summer of 2013.
Since then, though, Spurs have not finished lower than fifth and have qualified for the Champions League in each of the past four seasons. They even made it to the final of that European competition last season, whilst they also made the final of the League Cup in 2015. All this has been achieved as Pochettino helped ease the side into their new 62,062 capacity stadium.
It has not been the best start to this campaign, and the result against Colchester was particularly embarrassing. However, there is plenty of quality in this Tottenham side, and they bounced back fantastically by showing grit to beat the south coast side. There has been talk recently that Pochettino could leave the club in the near future. It would be a dark day for Spurs if that were to happen.