Mauricio Pochettino: 'You always expect amazing' from Son Heung-Min
LONDON -- Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed Son Heung-Min's ability to produce brilliance after the South Korean's match-winning performance in Saturday's 2-0 win over Huddersfield at Wembley.
Son scored either side of half-time to make it four goals in as many days after his double against Rochdale on Wednesday. The forward rounded goalkeeper Jonas Lossl for 1-0 and met Harry Kane's superb cross with a cushioned header to seal the win for Spurs, who moved one point behind Manchester United and five clear of fifth-place Chelsea.
"It's up to the players to show me their quality," Pochettino said afterwards. "I think Son is one of the players from who you always expect amazing things.
"He's a talented player, consistent, very professional and of course when a player like him or Harry, they work a lot and that work pays back. Of course I am so happy and very pleased for him and the team because his two goals helped us to be in a very good position in the table.
"He is another example of a model profession -- Harry Kane and Son. But we have a lot of examples of what it means to be professional."
Son's inclusion in the starting XI suggests Pochettino could pick Erik Lamela ahead of him for Wednesday's Champions League match against Juventus, just as he did in the round-of-16 first leg in Turin.
But Pochettino replaced Son with Lamela after 69 minutes to a standing ovation and he faces a difficult choice between them next week, with the tie finely poised at 2-2.
"I think in the last few games Son played a lot. He played one hour and scored twice against Rochdale," Pochettino explained. "It was a very cold day. Today, another 70 minutes and of course he's not a machine. He's needs to rest, it's a lot of games."
Looking ahead to Juventus, Pochettino added: "Our approach will be the same as the first leg in Turin. You need to feel free and happy and enjoy the game. Of course, like every game we are going to work and decide on our strategy, but in the end it's a football game and we are going to enjoy it.
"That is so important, it's an amazing competition. It's the Champions League and we've been fighting in the last few years to be there and play this type of games."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.