Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino fires stern message to Spurs critics | Football | Sport


Tottenham have garnered the reputation of having a weak mentality over the years for their shortcomings on the brink of glory.

Pochettino has gone a long way to change that perception, with the club sustaining its spot in the top four after only qualifying for the Champions League once in the pre-Pochettino era.

The sought-after Argentinian has still not won a trophy in north London, however, and was knocked out of two domestic cup competitions last week.

Spurs looked destined for a period of hardship when they were trailing Watford 1-0 at home with 10 minutes remaining on Wednesday, but managed to mount a comeback victory.

Although still without talismans Harry Kane and Dele Alli due to injury, Pochettino explained to Sky Sports the positive mood amid the group at the moment.

“The mentality today is so strong and we’re so happy to have that and created that,” he said.

“I think it was an amazing victory over Watford because, 10 minutes until the end, we created the possibility to turn the result.

“I think it was well deserved but I think maybe it’s true the people can think ‘without [injured] Harry Kane it is going to be difficult’.

“But [they should] talk very highly about the mentality and the quality of the squad.

“For me football is about collective skills. You can miss some players but in the end you need everyone. And it’s so important to keep the mentality [strong] with everyone.”

Tottenham face Newcastle on Saturday in the early kick-off and once again will be vying to not only bag three points but do it stylishly.

But that entertaining, high-pressure style under Pochettino does not deserve enough credit, believes the 46-year-old.

“It’s difficult for the people to assess us, to be 100 per cent right,” he added.

“I accept that the perception sometimes can be different. But we can manage reality, we cannot manage perception.

“Sometimes it is difficult because all that’s measured is the result. If you win, you are the best – when maybe you’re not the best.

“And when you lose, maybe you are the worst and maybe you are not the worst.”

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