Pochettino demands this from Tottenham players ahead of title run-in with Chelsea
By Matt Bullin
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has issued a rallying cry to his players ahead of their crucial end of season run-in, saying he wants a huge effort from everyone – regardless of what happens in the run-in.
Spurs suffered a hugely disappointing defeat at Wembley last Saturday, as Chelsea beat them 4-2, to advance into the FA Cup final.
A brace from Willian, and strikes from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic were enough for the Blues to dump Spurs out of the cup, despite goals from Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Despite the loss however, Tottenham are still in the title race, and are just four points behind Chelsea with six games left.
Speaking in the Telegraph, Pochettino took the pressure off his side saying the title is in Chelsea’s hands, as well as issuing a rallying cry.
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He said: “I want the last three to four weeks a big effort from everyone to achieve. Then we can congratulate everyone and try next season.”
“The next six games are all finals,” he added. “Can we catch Chelsea? Of course, and then it’s not certain. It’s up to Chelsea. Today they play, we see what happens but for us tomorrow is a game we must win.”
Next up for Pochettino’s side is a trip across London to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.
Palace are the form side in the league, having escaped relegation in recent weeks, and they beat Liverpool last time out.
Spurs will go into the match seven points behind league leaders Chelsea, if the Blues win their tie against Southampton tonight.
However if Southampton can get a result, Spurs could cut the gap to just one point on Wednesday night, with five games remaining.
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