Pochettino demands consistency from title-chasing Spurs

Virginia Santiago
January 3, 2019

City and Liverpool meet in a huge showdown, live on Sky Sports Premier League, with second-placed Spurs able to sit back and relax after their 3-0 win at Cardiff on New Year's Day.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Graham Roberts has lauded Moussa Sissoko's performance against Cardiff on Tuesday and believes the Frenchman is "bossing" it in midfield this season.

Kickoff from Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino praised the way his side seized control of the game early.

Kane's goal came off his shin, deflecting in a loose ball from a awful touch from Cardiff captain Sean Morrison after Kieran Trippier's cross from the right initially hit the England captain.

Christian Eriksen then made it 2-0 for Spurs nine minutes later with a clever finish from the edge of the box, although Warnock will be disappointed with the way his defenders backed off and gave the Dane space to wriggle and shoot home.

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But Pochettino said: 'In this country all the people are going to watch the game. Son has only one Premier League game left - against Manchester United on January 13 - before he leaves to play for South Korea in the Asian Cup. Spurs lost 3-1 to Wolves over the weekend, snapping a five-game winning streak. If Liverpool loses to City, Spurs will be back in it.

'But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.

Cardiff City is in danger of relegation, now 16th out of 20 teams in the Premier League.

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'Us and Everton, we were the two teams who suffered the most hard fixtures in that period, ' Pochettino said after Tottenham's fourth game in 10 days. Man United went on to win 5-1.

"When we start off like that, we shoot ourselves in the foot. All the planning goes out of the window", he told the BBC.

"I was pleased that we hung in there because it's easy to throw the towel down when you're 3-0 down to a team like this". However, he was heavily involved in two goals against Cardiff, first playing a neat first-time pass infield to help set up Eriksen's strike and then making the driving run through midfield that produced Son's goal.

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