Spurs v Brighton - Mauricio's preview
Tue 23 April 2019, 12:09|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino again spoke about mentality as we prepare to take on Brighton at home this evening (7.45pm).
That was key for the manager ahead of our last home game against relegated Huddersfield – and the players delivered a 4-0 victory in the Premier League in-between the two legs of our epic Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.
The Champions League semi-final against Ajax is also now on the horizon but, again, focus is on the Premier League and Brighton, the first of what the manager described as three ‘decisive’ home games in the space of a week with West Ham to follow on Saturday (12.30pm) before the first leg against Ajax on Tuesday week (30 April, 8pm).
Managed by Spurs legend Chris Hughton, Brighton are hovering dangerously above the drop zone but picked up a big point at Wolves on Saturday.
We slipped to a tough, narrow loss at City but the rest of the weekend’s results went our way and we remain in the driving seat in terms of a top four finish with four matches remaining, including three at home - Brighton, West Ham, Bournemouth the only away game and Everton.
“It’s going to be difficult against Brighton, tough, they are fighting for survival,” reasoned Mauricio after Saturday’s 1-0 reverse at the Etihad.
“We need to be ready, always thinking that we need to respect the opponent and do our jobs if we want to be close to winning. Mentality is going to decisive in the way we are going to approach the game.
“It’s going to be tough but our feelings are good after City. We lost the game but the team deserved more. We need to keep those good feelings to compete in the next few games.”
We’ve won three out of three without conceding so far at our new home against Crystal Palace (2-0), City (1-0) and Huddersfield (4-0) and Mauricio wants more of the same tonight.
“It’s going to be fantastic again with our fans in our amazing stadium.,” he added. “We need to create that connection and be strong all together to achieve what we want.”