Sunday 19 January 2020

Pochettino uses mind games to spur on players

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino talks to Harry Kane at a training session last night
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino talks to Harry Kane at a training session last night

Mauricio Pochettino has been trying to get Spurs to connect with a "superior energy" which he believes will help them win the Champions League.

Much of Tottenham's preparations over the last three weeks for the biggest game in their history against Liverpool in Madrid tonight have centred around the mental side of the game.

They had a team bonding day last week where Pochettino had his players walking over hot coals, snapping an arrow that was up against their throat by walking into a wall and going through body language exercises.

The Argentinian, who also designated 45 minutes each day to mental preparation, is a self-confessed spiritualist and believes in fate, destiny, energies and auras.

He's tried to translate his message to the players in order to give them the best chance of success.

"With your mind you can create and connect with this energy," he said.

"It's a superior energy you connect with if you've opened your mind.

"But if you are not open to receive this energy, you cannot feel it.

"All these strategies were to help the team, connect with this energy. This energy is so powerful. It makes you feel invincible. I feel very positive. They make me feel very positive.

"That doesn't mean that we are going to win 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0. We need to go there and do our job.

"The preparation we are doing is an amazing experience and very positive."

Pochettino brought in mental coach Xesco Espar to help run the team bonding day, which was hailed as a big success.

So, did the Argentinian run over the hot coals?

"Yes," he said. "It was nice to see the reaction of the players. The character and personality of them.

"Sometimes you see them on the pitch, doing some things and then outside, doing some activities, maybe they are more cautious or more brave.

"All of them were unbelievably involved. They enjoyed it a lot. And of course, they were all very brave.

"But the most important is to learn how you can prepare your mind.

"That is the most important thing. To be focused, to be proactive. This is the key in football.

''Your mind is powerful and only you settle your limits."

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