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Sunday 17 November 2019

Poch says Spurs now have winning attitude

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs are developing a winning mentality and that their progress this season owes to them learning from their experiences.

Tottenham have reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since his arrival in 2014, and remain in the Premier League top three despite injuries to influential players and two transfer windows without a signing.

Pochettino has criticised his side's mentality after poor results ended their title hopes, but two wins over Borussia Dortmund showed a maturity that was missing at the same stage against Juventus last year.

Juve's approach, which Pochettino believes included pressuring match officials with the presence of senior figures like Pavel Nedved, was one the Spurs boss felt his club needed to learn from.

He said: "That is experience, through learning through history; competing in that level is not the same.

"To play a semi-final or quarter-final of the Europa League as a quarter-final in the Champions League, it's completely different. You know our competition is not only the talent on the pitch, dribbling, scoring goals or building from the back, it's how you approach, how you spend your energy and how you manage your energy in your mind.''

Pochettino is due to sit in the stands when Spurs visit his old team Southampton today after receiving a two-match touchline ban for his on-field ref rant following defeat at Burnley last month.

"I'm allowed to go to the changing room and everything; I'm just not allowed to be sitting on the bench," he explained.

"I trust my assistant Jesus Perez and his decisions. It'll be a radio, a walkie-talkie we use to communicate. We already use these with our analysts."

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