By Danny Wright
Mauricio Pochettino has labelled Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Gent as a cup final.
They go into the game on Thursday on the back foot having lost 1-0 at the Ghelamco Arena last week, but the Argentinian boss said in his a press conference that he believes that his side can, and will, turn things around.
The official Tottenham Twitter page covered the conference ahead of the game which could see Spurs dumped out of their second European competition of the season if they fail to overcome the one goal deficit.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 22, 2017
Spurs are without major silverware since winning the FA Cup in 1991 and are keen to prove to not only England, but the whole continent, that they are to be taken serious in European competition as they look for their first continental competition win since lifting the UEFA Cup in 1984.
“Tomorrow is a big chance to go to the next round, it’s a final, a decisive game. It’s time for us to turn it around,” he said.
Jeremy Perbet scored the only goal in Belgium but Spurs will not be taking things for granted when the two sides meet again at Wembley.
Work continues on Tottenham’s new stadium so the club will continue to play home games at the England national stadium in European fixtures.
Spurs got back to winning ways against Fulham on Sunday after losing back-to-back games against Liverpool and Gent.
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 demolition of their London rivals.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino reveals the moment he knew things were wrong during the game in Belgium.