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Sunday, 23 December 2018

$76m EPL boss' freaky anniversary gift


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Tottenham thrashed Everton 6-2 in the Premier League on Monday (AEDT) - a result that looked mighty good to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, given what day of the year it was.

It was something of a freakish result for the Argentine boss, who was celebrating his 26th wedding anniversary with wife, Karina. Reading the score as home-away, given Spurs had travelled to Goodison Park, the result was 2-6.

Pochettino joked that it was the perfect gift - luckily, perhaps, as it was unclear whether another would be forthcoming.

"Incredible. Yes, it was amazing," Pochettino told the BBC of the scoreline.

"I want to send all my love to my wife, and congratulations. Because I believe in universal energy and today was unbelievable, because all day I was thinking I need to find a present for my wife.

"Yes, this is the present! 2-6!

"Unbelievable, it was amazing. It was a coincidence - but sometimes it's not too much a coincidence."

Asked if he had another gift for his wife, Pochettino said: " But I'm going to arrive so late ... my love is enough!"

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It was truly a gift for one who has everything. Pochettino is on a five-year deal at Spurs worth a reported £42.5 million (just over $76 million), and has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the wake of Jose Mourinho's sacking, which would likely make him far richer.

MATCH REPORT

Tottenham Hotspur have sent a reminder that the English Premier League title may be more than a two-horse race as they stormed to a 6-2 win at Everton to cut the gap on second-placed Manchester City.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring for Everton but Harry Kane and Son Heung Min grabbed two goals each as Spurs moved within two points of City, and five points ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal in fourth and fifth, on Sunday.

Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen got the other goals as the North Londoners ran riot, three goals in 13 minutes putting Everton away.

Liverpool take a four-point lead over City going into Christmas, with Spurs now right on their heels and striker Kane believes Tottenham have every chance.

"Everybody's been talking about Liverpool and Manchester City and we've been getting on with it and doing well, like we normally do," Kane said.

"It's important we carry that on now. The games are coming thick and fast but they're games we can definitely win.

"We've had a good month and hopefully we can take that into January now - and February - and we'll see where we're at come April time."

Kane said winning at Everton was "massive", especially after Walcott gave the home side the lead on 21 minutes.

"After that we created some good chances and took them," he said.

"Second half we dominated the ball and took our chances again."

Walcott converted Dominic Calvert-Lewin's cross to put Everton in front but once Son equalised from a tight angle, Spurs never looked like letting things slip.

Alli gave them the lead on 35 minutes, Kane scored his first three minutes before half-time and Eriksen put the game to bed three minutes into the second half.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored against his old club to give Everton hope at 4-2 down but Son and Kane completed the rout.

The only disappointment for Spurs was an injury to Alli.

Tottenham thrashed Everton 6-2 in the Premier League on Monday (AEDT) - a result that looked mighty good to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, given what day of the year it was.

It was something of a freakish result for the Argentine boss, who was celebrating his 26th wedding anniversary with wife, Karina. Reading the score as home-away, given Spurs had travelled to Goodison Park, the result was 2-6.

Pochettino joked that it was the perfect gift - luckily, perhaps, as it was unclear whether another would be forthcoming.

"Incredible. Yes, it was amazing," Pochettino told the BBC of the scoreline.

"I want to send all my love to my wife, and congratulations. Because I believe in universal energy and today was unbelievable, because all day I was thinking I need to find a present for my wife.

"Yes, this is the present! 2-6!

"Unbelievable, it was amazing. It was a coincidence - but sometimes it's not too much a coincidence."

Asked if he had another gift for his wife, Pochettino said: " But I'm going to arrive so late ... my love is enough!"

https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1076929817285668865

It was truly a gift for one who has everything. Pochettino is on a five-year deal at Spurs worth a reported £42.5 million (just over $76 million), and has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the wake of Jose Mourinho's sacking, which would likely make him far richer.

MATCH REPORT

Tottenham Hotspur have sent a reminder that the English Premier League title may be more than a two-horse race as they stormed to a 6-2 win at Everton to cut the gap on second-placed Manchester City.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring for Everton but Harry Kane and Son Heung Min grabbed two goals each as Spurs moved within two points of City, and five points ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal in fourth and fifth, on Sunday.

Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen got the other goals as the North Londoners ran riot, three goals in 13 minutes putting Everton away.

Liverpool take a four-point lead over City going into Christmas, with Spurs now right on their heels and striker Kane believes Tottenham have every chance.

"Everybody's been talking about Liverpool and Manchester City and we've been getting on with it and doing well, like we normally do," Kane said.

"It's important we carry that on now. The games are coming thick and fast but they're games we can definitely win.

"We've had a good month and hopefully we can take that into January now - and February - and we'll see where we're at come April time."

Kane said winning at Everton was "massive", especially after Walcott gave the home side the lead on 21 minutes.

"After that we created some good chances and took them," he said.

"Second half we dominated the ball and took our chances again."

Walcott converted Dominic Calvert-Lewin's cross to put Everton in front but once Son equalised from a tight angle, Spurs never looked like letting things slip.

Alli gave them the lead on 35 minutes, Kane scored his first three minutes before half-time and Eriksen put the game to bed three minutes into the second half.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored against his old club to give Everton hope at 4-2 down but Son and Kane completed the rout.

The only disappointment for Spurs was an injury to Alli.

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