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Dembele: 'Pochettino changed Spurs' mentality'

2018-02-26 09:38
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has credited Mauricio Pochettino for vastly improving the club's mentality during his stint as manager.

Dembele has been in superb form of late, prompting Pochettino to compare him to Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho. Dembele returned the compliment in a glowing tribute to the former Southampton boss.

"He has changed the mentality of the club and the way everyone thinks - how to strive for perfection," Dembele told Sky Sports. "The way we train every day, you can see we want to achieve something.

"You can see that on the pitch as well. If we are focused and ready mentally we can be good against any team. It will be disappointing if we don't win anything because we have put so much work into this. Obviously, if we can win something, the satisfaction will be huge."

The north Londoners haven't picked up a trophy since beating Chelsea 2-1 in the 2008 League Cup final. However, they have finished as runners-up in the last two Premier League seasons. 

In 2017/18, they are battling for a place in the top four, while also fighting to stay in the FA Cup and the Champions League.
Pochettino has taken the club to a new level since taking charge in 2014 off the back of a campaign which saw them finish sixth in the league.

Dembele has been at Tottenham since 2012, when he joined from Fulham. He played under Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood at the club, but failed to hit the heights he has reached under Pochettino.

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