Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has praised the character within his side as they fought out a 3-2 win over Wolves on Saturday. Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane fired the visitors into a 3-0 lead at Molineux only for Wolves to almost snatch a point.
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Penalties from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez – after league debutant Juan Foyth conceded both spot kicks – set up a grandstand finish at Molineux as the hosts fell short.
Sky pundit Gary Neville had said after Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City Spurs had been “spineless and soft” for 30 years but, after taking them back into the Premier League’s top four, Pochettino brushed off any problem.
“I don’t understand the problem that happens with some comments,” he said, with Tottenham three points off Premier League leaders Liverpool. “When some people make some comments you have to respect the comments.
When people criticise me I accept the criticism. “But yes, I am so happy right from the beginning. Since I arrived here we created a very good culture about fight and altogether the belief.
“It was difficult to create that but I am so happy. It is a team that is always going to give the faith in each game. We can win or we can lose but we are so intense and today the effort was fantastic.
“We came from Manchester City when we ran more than 120km and West Ham was similar and this was the same. “That showed the team has a very strong character.”