Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino credited his team for their attitude after his side’s emphatic 3-0 away win over Fulham in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The win propelled Spurs into the quarterfinals of the competition and halted a two-match skid after back to back losses.
Most observers expected Spurs to heavily rotate for today’s match at Craven Cottage, but Spurs’ boss said that the decision to play another strong team in the competition was made well before Thursday’s Europa League loss to Gent.
“After Gent we had a few meetings. I think it was good, and the reaction was fantastic, I am very pleased, now it is to keep that feeling for Thursday.
"My intention is to always take the best decision for the team, with the best players to try to win. I think it is always about collective effort.
"I believe in the whole squad. It's about managing 24, 25 players. My decision came before yesterday when we assessed the players on Thursday.
"After two defeats many players wanted to play today. I didn't feel they were tired, and because today was a great opportunity to show we are alive, and to show that feeling after two defeats."
Spurs were also boosted by the return of Jan Vertonghen to a defense that had struggled mightily against Liverpool and somewhat in Belgium but looked imperious against Fulham in a hostile stadium. But it was Harry Kane who was the hero in today’s win, and Pochettino praised his homegrown striker after an impressive performance.
"It is not only because [Kane] scores lots of goals, he's a great player, a great person. He's a very good professional, with his commitment to the club, the team, the coaching staff.
"We feel very proud to have not only a player but a man, and how he is in the squad."
Spurs now await their FA Cup quarterfinal opponent in this evening’s draw before starting preparations for their home match against Gent next Thursday at Wembley Stadium.