By Coral Barry
Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham need to change their mentality if they want to become a big club like Arsenal.
Spurs’ season has reached a bitterly disappointing end with Leicester crowned Premier League champions in a week where Tottenham were held to back-to-back draws and had two players given heavy bans from the FA.
Tottenham’s 2-2 result against Chelsea last Monday handed the trophy to the Foxes and Pochettino tried, in vain, to intervene as his players’ tempers boiled over and numerous brawls broke out between the two sides.
The difficult few weeks have meant Tottenham are in danger of being caught by London rivals Arsenal, who are now just two points behind in third place after Spurs were beaten by Southampton on Sunday, but Pochettino has urged his side to start thinking like players at a top club.
“The last few weeks have been tough, [but] we are still in a great position and if we look back to the start of the season we all should be proud,” said Pochettino speaking to the Evening Standard.
“We need to look at ourselves, not at our neighbor. We need to start to think like a big club, not worrying about what’s happening in another house.
“We still need to learn a lot of things – we need to keep improving into next season.
“We need to change that mentality, to be strong and this what we need to change to be a big, big, big club.”
Mousa Dembele joined fellow midfielder Dele Alli in the FA doghouse after he was slapped with a six-game ban for scratching the face of Chelsea’s Diego Costa during one of the touchline melees last Monday and Tottenham head into their final game of the season without two of their most influential players.
Tottenham will also have to contend with relegation-battlers Newcastle in their trip to St James’ Park on Sunday knowing that only a win will do to ensure they finish above rivals Arsenal.
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