Mauricio Pochettino reveals what he’s trying to get from his Tottenham players this season

Mauricio Pochettino reveals what he wants to try and get out of his Tottenham Hotspur players this season

Mauricio Pochettino is trying to instil a fresh sense of passion and emotion in Tottenham’s game as he bids to help the Lilywhites challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Spurs earned plenty of praise for their performances last season as they challenged Leicester City for much of the campaign but ultimately ended up falling short.

Tottenham were Leicester’s closest challengers for much of the campaign but a poor run towards the end of the season allowed Arsenal to overtake them and condemn their bitter local rivals to a third-placed finish.

The north London side have made a strong start to the new campaign, however, and became the first team to beat leaders Manchester City before the international break.

Spurs are second in the table and a point off top spot heading into this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures.

And Pochettino has lifted the lid on what he is trying to get out of his Tottenham players this season.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Sport, Pochettino said: “I think it [last season] was an experience that we must learn from,.

“It wasn’t a physical problem, it was mental. When you lose focus, it is impossible to move your body.

“The most important thing is to try to translate the message that we always need to make sure we enjoy.

“I think we need to remember we started to play football when we were boys because we felt passion and emotion… to play football was an emotion.

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“We can lose that. If you lose emotion, you lose the passion, it’s your job and then you play but you don’t play in the way you need to play and always you can feel that in your energy, in your body language.

“When you don’t have passion, when you don’t have energy, when you don’t have emotion, then you can lose how we lost the last few games of last season.”

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