Mauricio Pochettino is refusing to settle for finishing fourth in the Premier League this season despite the prospect of a dogfight to make the Champions League spots according to The Daily Mail.
Last weekend’s 4-1 defeat at leaders Manchester City saw us drop up a lowly seventh, below even Burnley, their opponents at Turf Moor this Saturday.
However Pochettino remains optimistic Spurs, who finished runners-up to Chelsea last season, can still achieve a similar finish in May.
The Argentine tactician was asked whether he would take a fourth-place finish if offered it now in his pre match presser conference, to to which he said: ‘Would I take that? No! Do I want higher than that? Yes, of course.
He added: “I am not a comfortable person, I love to take a risk. I am here because I love to take a risk.
‘I feel I am a winner. Sometimes the winners lose too and they have to lose to feel the pain. But I never accept a result before it is played – never.’
The article goes on to describe how we may find ourselves feeling more confident about a higher finish after winnable games against Southampton, Swansea and West Ham over the festive period.
It also adds that we begin our FA Cup campaign with a home tie against League One side AFC Wimbledon and then we have a tantalising Champions League last 16 meeting with Juventus in February as they pursue other silverware.
It adds that Mauricio has admitted our thrashing at the hands of Manchester City was difficult to take but says the team’s response on the training ground has been positive ahead of another tricky visit to the north-west.
‘It’s true it is always important to move on and change that feeling but the game is more about perception than reality,’ he said.
‘I think we all agree it was a very tough game but in the same way we were very loyal to the idea of how we wanted to play.
He added: “It was a massive game from which to learn and try to improve. There are a lot of positives.The emotion is not so good [at the time] but after a few days and you repeat the game and talk to the players and the feeling becomes how to learn and how to improve.I think the team has moved on, this week was really good. The idea is of being all together, to fight together, to find a way to improve the team.’
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