Pochettino explains why it is a motivation for teams to play Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

On the back of the club’s fantastic efforts in the Champions League last season where they finished runners up, the board backed Mauricio Pochettino considerably in the transfer market.

The club broke their transfer record with the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele whilst also recruiting Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and Jack Clarke.

Spurs fans would have been hoping that this was the season the club would push on and challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.

However, the team has made a disastrous start to the season after suffering three defeats and are without an away win in any competition.

Speaking during the pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game against Southampton, Pochettino said that he expects a tough game against the Saints and explained how Tottenham’s heroics in the Champions League last season has made them a prime target for their opponents.

Speaking to Football.London, the Argentine said, “It will be a very tough game, Southampton are a very good team, I feel special things for Southampton, my former club, my first club in England, they gave me the opportunity to be in England, learn English, be in this amazing country, be part of this best league in the world I can only say amazing things about Southampton.

“They have very good players, a great manager and they are doing a fantastic job and it’s going to be tough. The opponent has a massive motivation to come and play Tottenham, who were the finalists of the Champions League. Of course we are a target for our opponents, to play in our amazing stadium, the best stadium in Europe.

“It’s a big motivation, just as it was for our opponents to play at Wembley. We need to find the balance for us in between all these things but my expectation is that it’s going to be a tough game, like all Premier League games.”

The 47-year-old also said he wanted the team to play with freedom against Southampton instead of being scared to make mistakes.

He added: “I expect more (from the players). To feel comfortable to play, to have freedom to play, freedom to make mistakes.

“I want to see them translate the same energy as when we played Palace. And of course I hope that we can create a good atmosphere during the game to help the team to achieve what we want, which is the 3 points.”

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Like the manager has said, the players must come out of the blocks quickly and press with intensity high up the pitch just like they did against Palace. It is very important that the players get the crowd on their side early given the negativity that is currently surrounding the club.

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