Two wins in a few days, the latest one over Stoke City, a resounding 5-1, changed the… atmosphere at Tottenham, after a streak of bad results. What caused them? Mauricio Pochettino seems to have an idea.
Last season we were frustrated because we were very good in the Premier League but we were a disaster in the Champions League
the Argentine told BBC Sport, soon after his Spurs had thrashed Stoke City at Wembley, on Saturday.
This season the team was so determined to show that they can compete in the Champions League and when you mix it with the Premier League that maybe was a bit of a distraction
the Tottenham manager said, practically admitting that delivering in two high-demanding competitions at the same time proved too much for his players, and maybe for himself as well.
But now we can only be focused on the Premier League and winning games
Pochettino concluded, knowing that their next Champions League game is not going to be held before February, and there are many-many Premier League games to be played (and won) until then. The gap to leaders Manchester City seems too big to close, but there is still a lot at stake in the Premier League, namely a spot in the top-4.