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Friday 15 December 2017

Pochettino: Players need a lift after disappointment of Cup final defeat

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane shakes hands with England manager Roy Hodgson after walking up to receive his runner's up medal following the Capital One Cup final at Wembley
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane shakes hands with England manager Roy Hodgson after walking up to receive his runner's up medal following the Capital One Cup final at Wembley

Mauricio Pochettino concedes he needs to lift his Tottenham players after their double disappointment in the last week - starting with the visit of Swansea tonight.

Spurs crashed out of the Europa League following a 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina last Thursday before losing by the same scoreline to Chelsea in the League Cup final just three days later. That leaves the club with only a place in the Premier League top four to battle for over the remainder of the season but Pochettino will stress to his squad the need to look ahead rather than linger on their recent losses.

"The target is the next game," he said.

"I always told you about that. Now we have 12 games and we need to finish the season strongly. This is our objective and we need the three points against Swansea.

"We need to lift the players, we need to put an idea in the group that this is the most important game. It is difficult. Expectation was big but we need to forget that and we need to focus. Now we only have one competition and we need to win the three points."

To start moving forward, Tottenham will want to take all three points against an improving Swansea outfit but, with the likes of former Spurs man Gylfi Sigurdsson in their side, Pochettino acknowledged that Garry Monk's men could pose a threat at White Hart Lane.

"Swansea are a team who can play very good football, very good players and we know players like Sigurdsson," he said. "It is an interesting game for us."

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