Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino believes that his side’s thrilling victory over league leaders Chelsea earlier this month has changed the mentality of his players, who he feels are now confident enough to compete against the biggest clubs in the Premier League with no fear.
The incredible 5-3 victory on New Year’s Day strengthened Spurs’ Champions League aspirations whilst simultaneously denting Chelsea’s hopes for Premier League glory, and with youngster Harry Kane in fine form, Pochettino insists that his team can go on and beat more big sides as the season progresses.
“It was important to stop this idea (that Spurs struggle agianst the top teams),” said Pochettino.
“It’s important the players now feel it’s possible to beat the sides like Chelsea or Manchester United.
“We are very happy because the 5-3 means more than only one victory. It gives us belief in our skill and that we are strong in our mentality. Now we need to show again against Crystal Palace the same mentality.”
Spurs had a terrible record against the top four sides last term, failing to win once against Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester City. However, following the London club’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United, as well as their famous victory over the Blues, Pochettino has reason to be encouraged that the monkey is off the club’s back once and for all, and that Champions League qualification can be secured in his first season in charge at the White Hart Lane club.