Just days after sacking Jose Mourinho, Ryan Mason, the interim manager helped Tottenham return to winning ways by defeating Southampton 2-1 at home. Despite heading into the break with a goal deficit, Spurs rallied to earn a comeback victory following an equaliser from Bale, and a stoppage time penalty from Son.
Tottenham have one of the most important weeks of their season yet as they will try to end their trophy drought during their League Cup final on Sunday against Manchester City. Speaking to reporters after the win, Ryan Mason admitted the win against Southampton will give help them in their preparations for Sunday’s game. The Spurs interim manager added “When you go into a big game like Sunday is it is always ideal to go into it with a win.”
“I thought the manner in which we won the game says a lot about the group, the belief, the commitment, the energy it was outstanding in the second half and I am very proud of the group for the effort they showed tonight.”
Mason admitted he was relieved to win the game after the turbulent events related to European Super League. He added “It’s been a whirlwind the last two or three days but thankfully we got the win and most importantly I felt second half we were outstanding.”
“The performance, the commitment, the energy was brilliant because I thought in the first half we found it very difficult. It was quite tough to get out and they were very good. They created some chances. Hugo pulled off two world class saves for us but I thought as the game wore on we gained control of it and I thought there was only one team that was going to win the match.”
On asked what was his message during the half-time, Mason said “It was just about giving them the belief, the energy, to have the bravery to play and express themselves but within that we had to compete as well because I felt there were some situations in the first half where they were quicker to the first ball.”
“The duels and tackles I felt they were coming out on top but we changed that second half. We gained full control of the match and we played the game pretty much in their half I thought and I thought we fully deserved to win the match overall.”
The win helped Tottenham move to sixth position in the table, 2 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand.
Source: Football London