'Change everything' - Pochettino makes astounding claim over Tottenham future
By Russell Edge
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said the only thing stopping the current group of players at the club from competing among the very top sides is a lack of confidence.
Spurs have been involved in the Premier League title race for two consecutive seasons, losing out to surprise winners Leicester City and runaway champions Chelsea, while they also managed to reach the FA Cup semi-finals last season.
However their European form has been disappointing for fans, having finished third in their Champions League group last season, before dropping out of the Europa League to Belgian side Gent.
This season has seen Pochettino’s side improve their performances in the continental competition, having made a bright start to their Champions League group, with wins over Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia followed by an impressive 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Ahead of the reverse fixture with Los Blancos at Wembley, the Argentinian manager has said that all his side need to be competitive among such prestigious sides in the future is self belief, which may astound many who feel the squad may well need improvements.
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He told the London Evening Standard: “That is the last step that we need: to be stronger mentally.
“It’s not about running more, doing more sessions, tactical or playing in a different way.
“I think the last step for us as a group and a club is mental, and we must work very hard to try to change everything in the future.”
Spurs will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways against Real after suffering two successive defeats in domestic competitions, having been knocked out of the League Cup by West Ham and falling to a narrow 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Saturday.
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