Tottenham fans are bemused by Mauricio Pochettino’s latest comments, after the boss gave Wednesday’s opponents all the motivation they’ll need.
A few weeks ago, Tottenham were all but guaranteed a top four finish and had an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to.
After an underwhelming cup defeat to Manchester United and multiple disappointing results in the Premier League, the success of this season is now resting on the final two matches.
To put it simply, Spurs need to get four points from the two matches against Newcastle and Leicester to wrap up Champions League football for next season.
Newcastle don’t have much to play for themselves, but Tottenham fans are worried they might be more motivated now, after Mauricio Pochettino said the Magpies are not a big club.
“They have a fantastic season, it’s a fantastic job that he’s doing there, Rafa, with all the circumstances,” he said.
“When we assess another team, we need to assess them with reality. Newcastle, of course, is a big club, was a big club, yes, big names, yes, but the reality today is that it’s not. To see the past and say, ‘OK because Newcastle won some titles, now Newcastle must win’ is wrong.”
Of course, the Tottenham boss intended to pay a compliment to his opposite number Rafael Benitez, but chose his words poorly to say the least.
Fans were already fearing the worst about the chase for top four, and now they’re worried their main man has just made it that little bit harder.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Hope his teamtalk to our players is as good as the one he's just given to Newcastle's.
— Bankrupt (@bankruptspurs) May 8, 2018
Maybe he should revert to not doing press interviews in English for a bit.
— Cameron Yarde Jnr (@CameronYardeJnr) May 8, 2018
All this talk just be quiet
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) May 8, 2018
— dick (@spursyyank) May 8, 2018
And the fans cringe
— Aaron Pitters (@aaronpitters) May 8, 2018
Iv heard this before…..doesn't end well.
— Phil (@Phil_Coys) May 8, 2018
Ffs don’t give them another excuse to want to beat us
— Jamie Smith (@JamieSm78810894) May 9, 2018