Mauricio Pochettino insists he has had an “easy week” as his entire Tottenham squad look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Manchester United.
A 3-0 loss at Old Trafford has dented Tottenham’s Champions League qualification chances but they welcome Premier League bottom-club Leicester to White Hart Lane on Saturday.
And rather than having a week of reflection on last Sunday’s result, Pochettino believes everyone knows what went wrong and how it can be addressed heading into the final stages of the season.
“I didn’t need to speak too much,” he replied when asked about the fall-out from the Old Trafford loss.
“It has been an easy week. We all agree about what happened at Old Trafford and so it’s easy to fix that. We were all disappointed after the game, we know how we need to change, to fix that and for me after nine months here it was one of the easiest weeks.
“We speak a lot. The way we played we are all agreed we were poor, it was not a good performance, and on that we all agree. It’s important to realise that to fix problems and try to show next Saturday that it was only a temporary problem or a bad day.”
Leicester may be struggling at the foot on the table but they were successful at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup fourth round back in January.
The Foxes, however, have not won in any competition since that late comeback – losing five of their seven fixtures in that time – but Pochettino still expects a stern challenge from a side fighting for their top-flight status
“Leicester in the last few games have played differently from the FA Cup, they have changed the system,” he said.
“It’s important to show that we are not affected by the last result. We expect a very tough, important game because we have nine games left and it’s important to start to win points.
“It is an important game because we come from a big hit for us at Old Trafford. We need to show that it hasn’t damaged us too much and to try to give the best and get the three points.”
Defender Ben Davies agrees with his boss and insists the players will not be taking Leicester lightly after seeing first-hand just how good Nigel Pearson’s side can be on the day.
“This is a big game for us and we know we need to try to bounce back after the result last weekend,” he told Tottenham’s official website.
“Leicester are fighting for their lives and they will be determined to try and get something out of the game. That result in the FA Cup keeps us on our toes, it’s a warning there for us that they have showed us what they can do if we give them the opportunity.
“We have to focus on our game, try to impose ourselves and if we play the way we can, I’m sure we can get the three points.”
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