Spurs vs Swansea - Mauricio's preview
04 March 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino says the players are ready to bounce back from Sunday's Wembley woes and finish the season with a flourish.
We have 12 matches remaining in the Premier League starting with Swansea's visit to White Hart Lane tonight. We kick-off at 7.45pm.
We go into the game standing seventh in the table with a game in hand while back-to-back victories have lifted Swansea up to eighth.
The players were back in training on Monday, less than 24 hours after the disappointment of losing out to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final.
"It was tough on Monday because the expectations were big for the final and afterwards we were all disappointed with the result but at the same time, proud of the performance," said Mauricio on Tuesday.
"The small details defined the result for us. A final is different to another other game but we have a young squad and it’s important for our future.
"It is difficult when you lose a final but now we are focused on the game against Swansea. Tuesday was much better than Monday.
"We need to focus on these 12 games in the Premier League and try to finish the season as strong as possible.
"Swansea are a team with a very good philosophy and players and it's a tough game for us."
Mauricio said our fans - outstanding again at Wembley - have a big part to play tonight. "They were brilliant at Wembley. On the pitch, all we could hear were our supporters during the whole game.
"It’s a shame that it wasn't possible to get the trophy for them. Their support on Wednesday is important and I’m sure they will all be at White Hart Lane again to support us."
Finally, Mauricio paid tribute to Dave Mackay, the legendary double-winner who sadly passed away on Monday evening.
"It’s a great loss for Tottenham and for British football. He’s a legend, especially for Tottenham and I would like to send my condolences to his family and friends."