By Dominic Toner
Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists his former side did not win ugly against Southampton and fully deserved the three points.
Spurs recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over Saints on Sunday and maintained their unbeaten home record in the Premier League this season.
The north London club were firmly in the driving seat thanks to first-half goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, but a James Ward-Prowse made the second period a contest.
Mauricio Pochettino’s resilient back line managed to keep them from equalising and means they are second in the league table during the international break.
Ardiles was messaged about Pochettino’s introduction of winning games ugly, but the ex-Spurs man dismissed the claims and went on a passionate rant about their style.
“Winning ‘ugly’ is a foreign concept for me. Only bad & mediocre players use it. We did not win ‘ugly’ last game. We truly deserved it,” Ardiles wrote on his personal Twitter account.
The ability to win ugly is an important thing that Pochettino has brought to the team. Great first half, determined second.
— SpursNews (@SpursNews1961) March 20, 2017
Winning "ugly" is a foreign concept for me. Only bad & mediocre players use it. We did not win "ugly" last game. We truly deserved it. COYS https://t.co/5sLL0BehM8
— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) March 21, 2017
Spurs have been one of the most consistent teams in the top-flight this season and that has put them in a great position to secure a top four spot.
They are 10 points adrift of runaway leaders, but do have a seven-point cushion over fifth-placed Manchester United.
Pochettino has become a firm favourites with his supporters since his managerial appointment and he has helped transform the north London club into one of England’s leading sides.
They have an exciting attacking set-up of Harry Kane, Alli and Eriksen at their disposal, who have all be in great form this season.
However, their defence has been imperative to their success recently and they have the joint-best record in the Premier League alongside Chelsea this season, conceding just 21 goals.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino believes the club’s player can captain England.