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Champions League victory restores confidence, says Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham scored three goals in the first half of a Champions League game for the first time, in what was their 40th match in the competition

Mauricio Pochettino says he will “give 200%” to deliver the results Tottenham fans expect after his side thrashed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 for a first Champions League win of the season.

Spurs have won just four of 13 fixtures in all competitions this season.

Pochettino said: “Of course now is a tough situation. We are a club and that commitment that we showed in the past, we are now showing.

“I need to work every day 200% to try to provide the result they expect.”

The home supporters repeatedly chanted their manager’s name during Tuesday’s emphatic win despite a dismal start to the season which has seen his position come under increasing scrutiny.

“I say thank you, I want to be grateful with them,” Pochettino said of Tottenham’s fans. “I think the same love is in both ways. I feel that they love me and I think they need to feel that I love them too.

“But I think always the most important is the team, the players are the principal actors and always I am here to help the club and help them to be happy, like it was the previous season.”

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both scored twice and Erik Lamela grabbed the other goal as the north London side recorded their first victory in Group B, having picked up only a point from their opening two games.

Last season’s Champions League finalists have also struggled in the Premier League having won three, drawn three and lost three of their first nine fixtures, sparking rumours of unrest at the club.

Last month the Argentine suggested the squad needed to build “togetherness”,

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