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VIDEO: Tottenham’s Pochettino “grateful” to start New Year with huge derby win over Chelsea

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Manager Mauricio Pochettino of Spurs shakes hands with Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea before the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on January 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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The defense might not have been what he wanted, but nothing could stop Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino from beaming after a signature 5-3 win over Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Friday.

“I’m grateful for a great performance from the team. They’re all very happy. It’s the first day of the new year and to start in this way is very important for us,” Pochettino said after the match.

Spurs led 4-1 and 5-2 en route to the final score line, and Pochettino said they “showed a big mentality” in the win. He also praised Chelsea as the best team in the league so far, and said that Man of the Match Harry Kane can succeed if he keeps working hard every day.

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