Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino delivered a seven-word message his players wouldn’t have wanted to hear during his post-match interview following the disappointing 2-2 draw against Olympiacos in Athens on Wednesday.
After watching his side give up a two-goal lead for the second time in September, the Argentine boss was clearly unhappy following the final whistle, accusing his team of failing to respect the game-plan.
Asked how he was going to fix the lack of intensity, the 47-year-old simply responded, via Football London: “Training needs to be harder, psychologically harder.”
Pochettino appeared angry and frustrated during his post-match press conference, so you have to wonder what he was like with his players behind closed doors having essentially blamed them for the north London outfit being unable to hold onto the three points in Greece.
Sky Sports did an analysis prior to the win against Crystal Palace that said Spurs were pressing less than any of their Premier League rivals, despite that being one of their most recognisable traits under the former Southampton manager in recent years.
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That lack of intensity has been noticeable, but it’s difficult to say whether their training hasn’t been as difficult as it once was or whether they’ve simply lost that sharpness. However, what is clear is that they look set to be worked even harder at Hotspur Way by the coaching staff.
Psychologically and physically the Tottenham players could be in for a draining couple of days and weeks, but perhaps that kick up the behind is exactly what they need to reach the heights again, even if they might not like it.