Toby Alderweireld has revealed there was a rallying cry at half-time in the Tottenham dressing room before the Londoners went on to beat Southampton on Saturday.
Spurs went into the break 2-1 ahead despite a first half in which almost everything went against them. After taking the lead through Tanguy Ndombele, Serge Aurier was sent off for two bookings and Hugo Lloris made a dreadful mistake, allowing Danny Ings to equalise for the Saints.
But just before half-time, Harry Kane finished off a flowing move to give Tottenham hope of holding on for all three points. And that’s exactly what they did with a little help from Lloris, who recovered from his error with two excellent saves.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Alderweireld admitted a stern talk before the players came out for the second half contributed to the team’s “most important” victory of the campaign so far.
“We said at half time, ‘This is the moment to prove that we are a team’,” Alderweireld said (via @BenPearceSpurs). “It had all the ingredients to lose the game and I think we were wonderful. This is the most important win of the season.”
Alderweireld’s comments tie in with quotes from Kane, who was also keen to emphasise the togetherness in the squad after Saturday’s win – read more about his words here.
Spurs face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night, and Mauricio Pochettino has two injury problems going into the game – find out more here.