'Different season, different game' - Mauricio previews Bournemouth
21 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino feels the belief the players displayed at West Brom can carry us a long way this season.
Having dominated the first half, we conceded a gut-wrenching goal just eight minutes from time at The Hawthorns.
That could well have been that, but not for this squad, who went straight back on the offensive, found an equaliser in the 89th minute through Dele Alli and still went looking for a winner – Ben Foster was forced to make a fingertip save from Christian Eriksen in the last action of the game.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV
“That spirit is key for us and we need to keep that belief, keep that mentality, it’s fantastic,” said Mauricio as he prepared the squad for another tricky away test at Bournemouth on Saturday (12.30pm).
“The season is long and we’re involved in many competitions so we have to be positive and to believe because only with that mentality can we achieve big things at the end.”
Below: The lads go out to train on Thursday
Mauricio on the players
“They are okay, there is a good atmosphere at the training ground. They are very positive with the responsibility that we have to go to Bournemouth and, like always, we must win. It’s important to keep our position in the table and the players are in good condition.”
Mauricio on Bournemouth
“They scored a lot of goals and played well against Hull, and Everton too. They are a very good team with a very good philosophy. I like Eddie Howe a lot. They are a team that always tries to play good football. They have similar principles to us, a very young coach and this is an exciting game to play, I’m sure it will be a good game.”
Mauricio on last season’s wins
“It’s a different season and every game is different, our mentality is that this will be a very tough game. Bournemouth are confident and a team that likes to play football. They are energetic. We’re not thinking about the games we played against them last season, this is another game and we need to be focused and do our jobs.”
Below: Eddie Howe
Mauricio on Eddie Howe
“The job he’s done has been unbelievable. They show every week that it’s a team with principles and a team that know what they need to do and how they need to play. For me, he’s a fantastic coach, a coach I like a lot.”
Mauricio on our unbeaten start
“I feel proud of the team and the players, they deserve the credit. We’ll see what happens but in our mind, we want to win this game. We’re unbeaten and we can feel proud but the important thing now is to take the three points against Bournemouth, and that’s all.”