Mauricio Pochettino has backed his players to “believe” they can compete with the world’s best.
The Spurs manager was in attendance at Monday nights FIFA awards in London and he insisted the event should act as a “huge motivation” for his squad to “achieve big things” in football.
Harry Kane was the only Tottenham player who was on the 24-man shortlist for Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 award, alongside the likes of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante from the Premier League.
And when asked by Sky Sports on whether Kane could be pushing for the best player award next year, the Argentine said: “Not just Harry, in that case, we also have Hugo (Lloris) or different players.
I think it’s important to believe that they can achieve that level and to be close to the amazing players that were nominated yesterday.
“I think it was fantastic to meet a lot of football people [yesterday],” he added. “It’s difficult to meet everyone and to see them [when they are] in different places.
“I think we enjoyed it a lot – it’s a thing which always motivates you. And I hope that next season we have a few players there nominated.
“It was a massive motivation to be there yesterday and it can only help us to achieve big things, and to one day be there.”
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