(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Antonio Conte stated his crew might “really feel the blood” of their rivals and capitalised on their slips as the north London membership tightened their grip on the fourth place in the Premier League with a 4-0 win at Aston Villa.
Son Heung-min’s hat-trick on Saturday helped Tottenham open a three-point lead over rivals Arsenal, with Conte’s crew fourth in the league on 57 factors after 31 matches. Arsenal are fifth on 54 factors, having performed one match much less.
Manchester United’s defeat at Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ defeat at Newcastle United additionally helped Tottenham strengthen their grip on the fourth spot.
Conte stated he was happy with the perspective and composure of his gamers who handled strain in the first half towards Villa earlier than sealing the victory in the second half with a counter-attacking efficiency.
“It was an excellent win for us, particularly coming after your rivals have performed and misplaced: Wolverhampton, Manchester United and Arsenal,” Conte stated.
“In this second you begin to really feel the blood. It is essential on this second to not fail. We are working quite a bit on the mentality and the gamers are giving me satisfaction.
“At the similar time, I do know we have now to work on this enchancment. Because there are usually not solely the tactical, technical and bodily points however there may be the mentality. There is quite a bit of area for enchancment.”
Tottenham subsequent host Eleventh-placed Brighton & Hove Albion on April 16.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Robert Birsel)