Mauricio Pochettino Admits Possible Mental Change For Spurs After Beating Real Madrid

Teddy Sheringham ex Tottenham Hotspur player walks onto the pitch during the closing ceremony after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart

Teddy Sheringham ex Tottenham Hotspur player walks onto the pitch during the closing ceremony after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart

Dele Alli will start Tottenham's Champions League dead rubber against Apoel Nicosia as he bids to play his way back into form even though a clutch of other top players will be rested.

"I think I am my own biggest critic", Alli said. "It's important that I keep working hard and trying every day to learn and improve as a player".

Youngsters Kazaiah Sterling, 19, and Luke Amos, 20, have been rewarded for good behaviour with places in the squad and Pochettino has urged the fringe players to show they are worthy of his first XI.

Spurs laboured to a 1-1 draw at Watford on Saturday, slipping to four Premier League matches without victory.

With Tottenham having only won one of its last five games in all competitions, Pochettino said Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling will be among those involved against the Cypriot side, who can not qualify but are battling with Borussia Dortmund for third place.

"Yes we are going to rest some players", admitted Pochettino.

"I can not complain about the effort or many things, only that for different reasons we have struggled to get good results in the last few games".

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says his struggling side can thrive on criticism over their patchy form, admitting the team have not yet learned the winning habit of teams such as Real Madrid.

"Maybe I made a mistake [when I said that] because I believed it was positive and he was going to take it in a positive way", Pochettino said.

"But of course I accept that, I try to learn after every game, but I think in the last two or three seasons Spurs have been very competitive".

"I can not complain about the effort or many things, only that for different reasons we have struggled to get good results in the last few games". "Maybe, after playing at such a high level and high tempo under massive pressure, the team needs time to breathe, and to build momentum again because that situation was new for everyone, and we need to build our confidence and trust again".

"It's a game that only provides us with the opportunity to play with some players that need to be ready if we need them".

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