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Ange Postecoglou: Spurs lacked belief and conviction at Chelsea

As Spurs suffered, it was a positive night for Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino, taking charge of his 400th game in English football.

The 52-year-old Argentine, who managed Tottenham from 2014 to 2019 and took them to a Champions League final, has led Chelsea to a double over Spurs after Thursday’s victory followed a 4-1 win in November.

This latest win means big-spending Chelsea now sit in eighth place, just two points behind Newcastle United in seventh and a possible European spot – with sixth-placed Manchester United just one point better off than the Magpies.

Pochettino was not convinced it was “the best game” but said it left him feeling “the most happy” he could be.

“In the way that we play and the way that we compete, that is what we wanted from the beginning of the season,” Pochettino said.

“Today we were so competitive. In this way we can grow and do better and improve in all the areas.”