Pochettino: This is what I tell my Tottenham players before every game
By Matt Farr
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he tells his Tottenham players to ‘enjoy’ themselves ahead of every game.
Tottenham have been flying-high in the Premier League this season, and are one of just two sides remaining in the title race.
They boast the best defensive record in the league, while they are the second-highest goalscorers, and have won their last eight matches.
But Pochettino has suggested that their fine form stems from the players being given the freedom to express themselves, and to enjoy the game.
As quoted by the Standard, he revealed what he tells his players before every single game.
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He said: “The last sentence I always say before we play is: ‘Remember, enjoy. Enjoy the game.’ That is most important, to feel free to play.
“We work a lot during the week to prepare for the game, that is true, but then it is to trust in yourself and trust in your team-mate and enjoy football.”
Tottenham are looking to continue their fine form with a precious win over rivals Arsenal in the north London derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Their opponents will be under immense pressure to get a result, having fallen five points adrift of the Premier League’s top four.
In contrast, Pochettino’s side will be keen to challenge league leaders Chelsea toe-to-toe over the final few weeks, and anything less than a win could see them drop out of the title race.
In other Tottenham news, the club have entered the race to sign this £12.6million-rated Serie A contract rebel.