Mauricio Pochettino hailed his players after Tottenham proved their title credentials once again with a thumping 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane.
Harry Kane bagged a hat-trick as Spurs moved up to second in the Premier League with a seventh successive victory in all competitions in Saturday’s lunchtime encounter.
The Lilywhites were dominant from the outset and could have scored more had it not been for Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster, who was in inspired form.
And Pochettino couldn’t be happier with his team and their polished display as they followed up their impressive win over leaders Chelsea 10 days ago with three more crucial points.
“I think it was a great performance from the team,” he told Sky Sports. “Very pleased. [I] congratulate the players. Fantastic performance, very solid performance.
“Very happy because they play the way that we play – that was the most important thing for us after the Chelsea victory to get the three points and fight now in a really good position.
“I think we’re in a very good moment and after Chelsea we feel confident, we feel with good energy, we worked hard in the week, we had good organisation. I think the team showed a very solid performance and we are pleased.”
Spurs had struggled against the Baggies in recent times but stormed to an eighth home win on the spin in all competitions, with Kane helping himself to his fourth treble for the club either side of a Gareth McAuley own goal.
The only blot on the copybook was a nasty-looking injury to Jan Vertonghen, who appeared to roll his ankle when attempting to prevent a throw-in just after the hour mark and was replaced by Ben Davies after receiving treatment on the side of the pitch.
A concerned Pochettino admitted afterwards the signs are not good for the Belgian defender.
“It’s a situation that disappoints us,” the Spurs boss admitted. “It looks bad. We need to wait until tomorrow or Monday to assess.
“He’s disappointed and he’s in a very difficult period but we will push him to recovery quickly and try to help him.”
Although it was a team effort, Kane will undoubtedly steal the headlines as he took his Premier League tally to 13 goals this season with his hat-trick – ending a special week on a personal level after the birth of his first child, daughter Ivy Jane.
Pochettino said: “Harry has missed 10 games in the Premier League but it’s like he’s not been away.
“We talk about Dele Alli as a special player and I’m very pleased after an amazing week for him. To score three goals was an important week to close.”
A surprise package last season, Spurs came agonisingly close to catching champions Leicester before falling short in the final hurdles.
But, after equalling their club record of six straight league wins, Pochettino believes his team are better equipped for a title challenge this term as they moved to within four points of Chelsea – who visit the King Power Stadium in Saturday’s evening kick-off.
“I think we are showing a good maturity and I think the team learnt a lot from last season,” the former Southampton boss added.
“We are in a very good moment and it’s important to keep that.
“We want to fight and challenge for good things. I think that performance and the performance against Chelsea is a good example of how we need to play.”
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