Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino uses Alonso, F1 analogy

Daniel Levy

Mauricio Pochettino has drawn comparisons between Son Heung-Min and Lionel Messi following the South Korean's winning goal for Tottenham against Newcastle on Saturday. "We always believe in ourselves", he told Sky Sports. "'I follow Formula One and I love McLaren but it wasn't competitive last season.' Hamilton won the F1 Drivers" Championship in his Mercedes past year while Alonso came in 11th in his McLaren.

"I want to win for my CV, I want to win for my fans, for my players, for my family too", he said.

Tottenham host Leicester in the Premier League at Wembley on Sunday.

Sure, Spurs suffered a rough time last month after they were knocked out of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup in the same week, but the London club can put their full focus on securing Champions League football for next season.

It followed a similar pattern to the midweek victory over Watford, where Fernando Llorente was the man to provide the late heroics, and Pochettino believes his side did enough to warrant all three points once more. His point is that most players at the top clubs in Europe are all capable of beings successful if they are pushed in training, drilled with the proper mentality, and utilized correctly on the field. "The ankle feels great at the moment, so as long as the swelling stays away and we can keep progressing, that would be great".

Son's tally is now 14 for the season and continuing his scoring streak of nine goals in nine games for Spurs either side of his departure to the Asian Cup will be even more crucial in the coming weeks with Kane and Alli still some way off a return.

"We want to touch glory, what we want is touch glory, we aren't here for business or because we want to win money, we start our careers because we want to touch glory", the Argentine added.

"He gives you everything and then when he is exhausted he says he needs to be changed or needs to rest".

"Reality - if you see the table of course we are there. On the pitch he is always 100 per cent in every action".

Despite our loss against Tottenham, Shearer has chosen to include Jamaal Lascelles in his Team of the Week - a decision that will surely go down well with our captain.

"We have to give credit to Son because the shot was a good one - and we hit the post in the second half, that was a big chance for us".

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