Spurs failings not down to “mentality” insists Pochettino

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has said the clubs failure to get over the line in big matches is NOT down to a poor mentality.

Our latest disappointment came in the FA Cup semi final last weekend when we let an early lead slip to lose to 2-1 to Manchester United.

It was of course our eighth last-four FA Cup loss in a row, going back to 1993, and followed our Champions League exit to Juventus earlier this season, also when we were in a commanding position, but Pochettino insists it is not a mental issue.

“A lot of topics you can blame in football when you lose — the tactics, the selection, the approach of the game, the mentality,” he said. “In the end when you lose, you lose. Every single opinion is right”

Pochettino added: “I don’t believe it’s about mentality. We always talk about competing. The mentality is to have the belief and the feeling that you can beat any team. Tottenham has shown in the last few seasons it can compete and beat any team — Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus. And of course in the Premier League”

Pochettino went on to say: “Now we achieve this level where we believe in ourselves and we can compete in every single game. Now the last step is to win. We’re close, we’re not going to give up. When you get close the most important thing is to keep going. Work tougher, working harder and believe.”

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