‘Brave’ Spurs urged to run free by Pochettino
20 October, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
SPURS face a massive test of their title credentials on Sunday when they tackle Liverpool at Wembley.
While Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be full of confidence after a battling 1-1 draw away at Real Madrid on Tuesday night, the Reds hit seven goals in their Champions League clash against Maribor.
Pochettino said he was impressed by the “bravery” that his talented young side showed at the Bernabéu.
Now, they had to use that bravery in the Premier League, too.
“Being brave is so important. If you want to win and if you want to increase your level, learn, and improve, it’s so important to be brave,” said the Tottenham boss.
“I tell the players it’s a game to enjoy, play, run, feel free.”
Pochettino won plaudits for a bold tactical line-up in Madrid, handing Fernando Llorente only his second start in Tottenham colours and trusting youngster Harry Winks against Madrid’s expensive midfield, which included former Spur Luka Modrić.
Another boost to the squad was the appearance of Danny Rose. The defender has been injured since January and caused controversy with comments regarding the club’s wage structure.
But the 27-year-old was delighted to be a second-half substitute on Tuesday night and thanked the 4,000 travelling fans for their support.
“I was expecting a frosty reception, so I just have to say thank you for giving me a great reception,” he said.
“I want to thank you again for chanting my name. I’m trying to look forward for the rest of the season. First and foremost I have to try to win my shirt back.
“We all move forward and we try to win a trophy. It’s forgotten about. My opinions will be voiced in a different way from now on.”
Sunday’s showdown against Liverpool sparks a month of tough fixtures for Spurs, so Pochettino will be looking to the likes of Llorente and Winks to maintain their form.
After tackling Jürgen Klopp’s side, they face West Ham in the Carabao Cup, Manchester United at Old Trafford, Real Madrid at Wembley, Arsenal at the Emirates and Borussia Dortmund at Westfalenstadion.