Mauricio Pochettino: This is my toughest challenge at Tottenham
By Matt Farr
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that his biggest challenge at the club will be to establish a winning mentality.
The north London club have improved greatly in the Premier League in recent years, and are now considered a genuine threat to the Premier League’s traditional title challengers.
However, the club are still without a domestic title – either in the league or cup – since their FA Cup triumph in the 2007-08 campaign.
Pochettino’s side were firmly on course to rival Leicester for the Premier League title last season, but capitulated in the final stages to hand the Foxes a remarkable victory; while they are currently left trailing league leaders Chelsea by 10 points after a disappointing defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.
The White Hart Lane chief admitted to the Mirror that transforming the club culture into that of a ‘winning’ side will be his toughest task.
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He said: “If you look at history, and compare it with the last six seasons, you can maybe see that he last two years we’ve improved a lot competing against the top five or six in the Premier League.
“You cannot change that mentality, that problem, in one and a half years. That is the hardest job to change. It’s not about tactics or philosophy. It’s about one aspect that you need time for.
“You need time to build that winning mentality. It’s not only about the 25 players and the staff. It’s the whole club.”
Tottenham have won just two of their eight Premier League games against the top six sides this season, defeating only Chelsea and Manchester City this term.
They have though, been defeated on three of the remaining six occasions; a record that Pochettino insists must improve if they are to achieve their Premier League title dream.
Pochettino and Tottenham are currently preparing for their Europa League round of 32 clash with Belgian outfit KAA Gent on Thursday evening.
The club dropped into the competition following their group-stage exit from the Champions League in December.
In other Tottenham news, Gent manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck has send this warning to Tottenham ahead of their upcoming clash.