Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino must cease feeding the ‘loser mentality’ surrounding the club after hard-fought defeats.
Spurs lost to Barcelona 4-2 in the Champions League at Wembley on Wednesday, and now have real work to do if they want to get out of their group.
Lionel Messi ran the show as the Spanish giants made it two wins out of two to top Group B.
After the game, Pochettino referred to his players as ‘heroes’ for their efforts in the capital.
Spurs managed the peg the Catalans back to 3-2, but were undone by some sloppy play in the closing stages to allow Messi to win the match.
Pochettino has to be more aggressive and cut-throat
Speaking to the press after the game, Pochettino said, as quoted by Sky Sports: “We can’t talk about topics, we need to talk about reality. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute. I think our players were heroes to chase the game against a team with Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.”
Pochettino cannot keep feeding the narrative at Tottenham.
There is a reputation that hangs over the club that they are the nearly-men.
They are the team that put the pressure on, but ultimately come up short in the quest for success.
Pochettino labelling his players as ‘heroes’ is actually a bit embarrassing.
He may endear himself to those players, but he risks winding up the fans, who are desperate to see some silverware accompany the attractive brand of football he has instilled.
The former Southampton boss has to be more aggressive in his post-match press conferences.
The fans will quickly tire of his tendency to defend his players.
He spoke in a similar tone following the defeat to Internazionale.
Psychologically, if Pochettino were to appear more defiant, then perhaps they’d be better served in getting further in competitions.