Pochettino: We need no motivation for Man City

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says his players need no motivation to face Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The two sides clash at the Etihad in the late game on Saturday, with Pochettino knowing nothing less than three points will be good enough for his side.

City are already running away with the league, 11 points clear of second placed Manchester United, and 18 better off than Spurs in fourth.

But Pochettino is excited by the challenge. He told his pre-match press conference: "So far, no-one can stop Manchester City, that is true.

"They are having a fantastic season and they deserve all the praise. Pep is doing a fantastic job with his coaching staff.

"For us, it will be a very tough game but at the same time it’s a massive challenge, an exciting game and it’s a game where you don’t need to motivate the players, you don’t need to talk too much."

And on Spurs TV, he added: "Like all games, every opponent is different and you need to design a different plan. Every game has a different approach. We have our plan and we will try to deliver that plan.

"It’s a massive game and a massive challenge for everyone. We want to win the three points – that’s important for us to improve our position in the table."

Pochettino also conceded that he may lose players during his time at the club, making it even more important for Spurs to become successful sooner rather than later. 

Kyle Walker is one example of a player who the Spurs boss wasn't able to hold onto – as he opted for a switch to City.

"It's human nature the players always want to improve and have different challenges and ideas," the manager told reporters.

"Maybe some players are not agreed in this plan and this strategy and of course they are right to complain, to talk and in the end to want to move or have another challenge for different reasons.

"The most important thing is to talk, to design the plan for everyone and then be happy everyone because life is about enjoying and being happy."

He concluded: "We're not worried. We know how our project is and who we are, and in the end we try to develop our project not only thinking about today and tomorrow, but thinking long-term.

"We need to win today, tomorrow and in one year and two, three, four years. That is the plan for Tottenham."