Pochettino pleased but warns of complacency - Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Everton - Reaction
Mar 05 2017 by Johnnie Parsons
Everton boss Ronald Koeman denied that the game against Tottenham on Sunday would be a test for his side.
Romelu Lukaku became Everton's highest scorer in the Premier League era with a goal that took his tally to 61 and manager Ronald Koeman said: "Romelu showed again today, he's so strong and risky and if he gets a chance it's a goal". It's not a test.
"I think in the first half he needed to support Romelu more but we made some mistakes with our final balls and their high defensive line left space but we needed good balls".
"I think overall Spurs were the better team", Koeman said.
"We need to stay calm and analyse the difference between Tottenham and Everton on the pitch".
Mauricio Pochettino hailed his Tottenham Hotspur side's belief after seeing them reduce Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points. But he is quite confident with the performance of Harry Kane, who, despite a knee injury, was able to play formidably for the past recent games. But Everton, through substitute Enner Valencia, went down the other end and fought their way back to within a goal to ensure a nervy finish. "Until the last second we had a chance to get a point - maybe not deserved but that's football".
The Toffees have only won three of 24 away Premier League games at White Hart Lane (D7 L14), with all three wins coming consecutively between 2006 and 2008.
Koeman does not have a lot of injuries and suspensions to deal with and has an nearly full squad to choose from in this crucial match.
If Spurs were to win here, they would set a new home Premier League club record for successive wins at White Hart Lane (9).
But there was little of that against-the-odds mentality from Everton, who failed to lay a glove on Tottenham in a one-sided affair.
"I got two but should have had the match ball".
Meanwhile, Everton have been in awesome form since the turn of the year and are unbeaten in nine Premier League matches, which is also their best run since 2013.
However, as the striker continues to impress the bigger clubs maintain their interest and it is felt that if the Blues don't reach the top four in the near future then he will be off to a team that regularly competes in the Champions League.
Despite missing a large part of this season, Kane remains within the top three goal scorers in the Premier League, which just shows his clear quality that previous Spurs strikers just did not possess.