Pochettino hails performance

Pochettino hails performance

Mauricio Pochettino hailed a near-perfect performance after Tottenham underlined their title credentials against Manchester City.

Spurs were convincing winners at White Hart Lane on Sunday as an Aleksandar Kolarov own goal and Dele Alli's crisp finish secured a 2-0 victory.

City were fortunate to escape a more emphatic scoreline as Erik Lamela missed a second-half penalty on an afternoon when Pochettino's men were dominant all over the pitch.

The victory ends City's perfect start under Pep Guardiola in the Premier League and moves Tottenham to within one point of their opponents at the top of the table.

"I feel very happy and very pleased, the performance was nearly perfect," Pochettino told reporters.

"To play a great team like Manchester City you need to do a fantastic job and for that I'm very proud for the performance and the work that our players showed today."

Pochettino stopped short of declaring the win his best since he took charge of the club in 2014, but the ex-Southampton manager was delighted with his team.

"I don't know," he replied when asked if the victory ranked as his best at Spurs.

"I think we have played some good games but it is true that in a collective manner we worked very hard and all the players were fantastic on the pitch.

"I think it was a really exciting game, both teams played in an exciting way and we share a similar philosophy. I enjoyed it a lot from the touchline and the fans enjoy it a lot. Both teams, the mentality was to go forward, play football and try and win the game."