Mauricio Pochettino: This partnership was key for Spurs v West Brom
By Matt Farr
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said the midfield partnership between Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama was the key to their victory over West Brom on Saturday.
Pochettino’s side ran riot with an impressive 4-o victory over West Brom at White Hart Lane, courtesy of a hat-trick from Harry Kane and an own-goal from Garath McAuley.
However, despite Kane’s scintillating forward display, Pochettino directed particular praise at his central-midfield duo for their efforts during the win.
They helped Spurs dominate possession, as well as ensuring they kept their ninth Premier League clean-sheet of the season – they have conceded the fewest goals overall in the league this term (14).
Pochettino told the Evening Standard: “Always they provide very good balance to the team – in possession and out of possession.
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“It was a great performance from them both. I think it was key today to have that balance.
“They are always in a very good possession without the ball but in position and knowing what they need to do. They were key in that dynamic.”
The pair have been Pochettino’s preferred choice in the central-midfield area, having started 12 of Tottenham’s 21 Premier League games this season alongside each other.
Dembele has appeared 17 times in all competitions this season, while Wanyama has appeared in 27 since arriving from Southampton in the summer.
The 25-year-old Kenya international is the only Tottenham player to have featured in all 21 of their Premier League games this season.
The West Brom victory saw Tottenham maintain their grip in the title race, and move into second-place, where they are still seven points behind league leaders Chelsea.
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