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CHALLENGE: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

TOTTENHAM BOSS Mauricio Pochettino can breathe a sigh of relief after his Tottenham side beat Bournemouth 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday afternoon (October 14). It was the north London club's first league win in their fourth game at their temporary home as they look to make another concerted title challenge.

The three points came courtesy of a Christian Eriksen goal in the 47th minute after the Cherries had worked hard to frustrate the Londoners in the first half.

The Argentinian manager was relieved with the win that sees them remain third in the Premier League table, behind the two Manchester clubs and ahead of their local rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

He said: "It was so important for us to win and get the three points. It wasn't a great performance but it was enough for us to win. We were better than bourn but it was difficult because they played so much deeper and we tried to find the space.

"I think we made some mistakes in our positional game and we had lot of possession but you feel it is difficult to break them down. We changed our formation a little and we started to move the ball quickly and more positivity in our play."

Pochettino had written in his programme notes that Bournemouth "are a dangerous side and will be lookng to kick-start their season", and he was right.

Had it not been for the agility of French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, the visitors may have gone into the break with the lead. The goalkeeper saw Junior Stanislas's shot deflected wide before his brilliant save to prevent a Eric Dier own goal.

Eddie Howe's men are 19th in the table and three points from safety with a trip to Stoke City next week. Despite the loss, he appeared to be reasonably happy with the performance of his team as they looked stronger than they had in recent games.

The highly-rated British manager said: "I thought we battled away really well, I thought we prepared for the game that happened. We congested the centre of the pitch and made it diffent for them to play in that area and probably the one time that we didn't, they conceded from it.

"We had some good moments first half and the save from the corner was top draw. We created a few good moments and right now they are just not falling our way."

The next challenge for Spurs is a trip to Bernabeu to face Champions League holders Real Madrid, and the 45-year-old has previously talked about his teams need to keep up their momentum.

If they win in Spain on Tuesday, this victory over the Cherries would go down as a very good start.

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