Spurs v United - Mauricio's preview
Sat 12 January 2019, 14:58|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino is ready to tackle another big challenge at Wembley with the visit of Manchester United on Sunday, but insists: “This season, all look like big games.”
Sixth in the standings ahead of the weekend’s action, resurgent United are 10 points behind us and victory against them at the national stadium would stretch that gap even further.
Looking in the other direction, we’re two points behind Manchester City in second and just six off Liverpool in top spot.
It’s one of those top-six battles where both sides would really benefit from winning but, for Mauricio, it’s one of many: “All the games are so important because we are going to play for three points,” he told Spurs TV.
“My feeling after Wolves and Watford when we lose is the same feeling when you lose against Liverpool or another team. Always it’s special to play – you play for your objectives, your pride.
“Of course, it’s a massive game because it’s Manchester United, everyone knows what it means to play against Manchester United but, this season, all look like big games and all are important. Of course, we are so excited and be sure that we are going to be ready to compete in our best way.”
United have won five out of five in all competitions since legendary former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, scoring 16 goals in the process.
They’ve been away on a warm weather training camp in Dubai this week and Mauricio warned: “Of course, they are doing a very good job. They are at a very good level at the moment and it’s true that they arrive a little bit more fresh because they were in Dubai and have spent some time there preparing for the game while we were involved in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, but we are going to arrive in a very good condition and ready to compete.”
Kick-off on Sunday is at 4.30pm.