Spurs v Leicester - Mauricio's preview
29 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino says it's not about proving a point or revenge against Leicester City today - it's about three points.
The Foxes' charge from 5,000/1 outsiders to the Premier League title last season will go down in sporting history.
We chased them all the way but key games against Claudio Ranieri's men went against us - Leicester's late equaliser at the KP Stadium and a 1-0 loss at the Lane in January proved crucial in the long run.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV
But as Mauricio points out, that is now history. "They were the best team in the Premier League, deserved to be champions and I've nothing to say apart from congratulations," he said. "But this is a different game, another season and everything is different.
"The players are not thinking ‘it’s Leicester, the champions’ because we fought for the title. The important thing is they are focused on trying to take the points and win this game."
Below: We're back at the the Lane!
Indeed, when asked a question from a fan about if the players would be more motivated for this match, Mauricio replied: "Every game has to be the same motivation. It’s true the opponents give you different things but we need to be focused on our performance and give our best.
"If we want to achieve big things, then playing Leicester is the same as playing West Brom and Bournemouth and we must try to win. Every time we play we need to be extra motivated and excited to play because when you compete you need to give your best."
It may be a different season, but Mauricio expects the same tough test against Leicester. "They are always tough, always difficult to play. This is a team that comes from winning the league, with good players.
"They play a 4-4-2, maybe with some differences - different players, different qualities - but in style, it's the same as last season. They are a very good team with very good players and it will be tough."
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