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Mauricio: 'Football is in the present, not the past'

09 September 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

It can't be helped - a lot of the talk this week as we prepare to return to Stoke has been about last season's outstanding performance and 4-0 win, our best in the Premier League against the Potters and arguably best of last season.

But Mauricio Pochettino knows better. He knows it's not about that wonderful night in April. It's about now.

"I think when you play, football is in the present, not the past," he said. "It’s not about yesterday, it’s today and then tomorrow.

"In football, you always need to be ready to compete. That’s always difficult because in the Premier League every game is tough but in our minds, the idea is to go and try to win the game, win the three points, that’s important."

Below: Mauricio talks Stoke and team news with Spurs TV


We travel to Stoke unbeaten in three matches so far this season, all tough encounters against Everton, Palace and Liverpool.

It will be no different against a Stoke side boosted by the late arrivals of Wilfried Bony and Bruno Martins Indi on loan from Manchester City and Porto respectively.

"They have signed a lot of players but today in the Premier League, every team signs good players. It’s then about working hard to put it all together. Stoke have a very good squad with very good players and it will be very tough."

It's always a physical test at Stoke, but Mauricio feels we're well equipped. "I think we have a strong squad now but the answer is always to play football, to respect our ideas and play under our philosophy - and try to win."