Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have had rather contrasting seasons so far in the Premier League. Liverpool sit at the top of the tree, while Spurs are down in a disappointing seventh.
In fact, since that infamous Champions League Final night, Tottenham have recorded just four wins in all competitions, despite playing 13 games in that time.
In the Premier League, Spurs have won three from nine, drawing three, and losing three. Liverpool, meanwhile, have won every single game but one, drawing away to Man United last weekend.
The Reds have scored 21 goals compared to Tottenham’s 15 and conceded just seven compared to Tottenham’s 13.
Everything points towards a Liverpool win at home, but the Premier League is often unpredictable and Spurs will be dying to exact revenge for that Champions League loss.
Pochettino has been looking ahead to the fixture today in his press conference and he is confident that his side will arrive with the belief that they can win.
Poch said (Football London): “We are not different from anyone else. We will go there thinking the same, that we can beat them. We respect them because they’re showing great quality and good performance and great results. It’s going to be difficult but our mentality is the same, we will go there thinking we can beat them.
“In football, no manager or coaching staff is thinking to motivate. When you play at this level, if our job is to motivate the player something wrong is happening in the club or the team. More, we need to provide the tools for them to perform better or to prepare in a good way. But if someone needs to be motivated to play football we have a big. big problem. I don’t know if you agree or not but that is my point. You need motivation to come here to work? This guy [points to the press officer] needs to motivate me to come in front of you and put on a good face? (laughs) My motivation is to come here and to explain [to you] what I need to explain, I don’t need it. In football, it is the same. When you are a professional player you assume the motivation is there.
“We know each other because we play a lot of games, then it’s having a good game and doing what we plan to do. In football that is the key, then in 90 minutes if you show better quality than the opponent and you share some luck in your side. We can talk about their strengths and of course unbelievable players and a great coach. I admire Jurgen a lot. But at the end, likely always, it is 90 minutes of football and we hope we can perform the way we want and be close to win.”
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