Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Dele Alli has talked up the impact Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics had on Spurs’ 3-1 demolition of Chelsea on Saturday.
Spurs not only claimed the bragging rights at Wembley but also inflicted the Blues’ first defeat in the Premier League this season, thanks to goals from Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
A high-pressing game neutralised Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and allowed Spurs dominate large parts of the contest at the national stadium.
England international Alli was delighted with the result and feels Argentinean tactician Pochettino deserves plenty of plaudits for the way his side approached the London grudge match.
“I think working with Poch you know how good he is,” he said. “He’s an amazing manager tactically. A lot of it was the work we did tactically: on the front foot, pushing up high.
“He’s managing the squad well, rotating when he needs to, picking the players that he feels are best on that day. That’s important for the team, to have players that are fresh and ready to go. Everyone knows their roles and responsibilities.
“He makes it very clear what you have to do. So going into the game, you know your role and what you have to do. You don’t have to worry about anything else, your football is natural, it’s what you’ve been doing for a long time.
“So as long as we’re clear on our roles and responsibilities, we can enjoy playing.”
The result means Spurs have leapfrogged Chelsea into third place in the Premier League table and now there are just five points between Pochettino’s men and frontrunners Manchester City.
Spurs will now switch their focus from domestic matters to European duties, as they prepare for the arrival of Inter Milan in another must-win Champions League encounter on Tuesday night.