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Friday, 29 January 2016

Speed of Spurs improvement has surprised

The boys are back from Barcelona where they enjoyed a relaxing break. There was still training to do, but with a spot of sun and time for relaxation they could take the opportunity to mentally recharge the batteries.

If you mentally refresh then you produce better work when you return, for Tottenham it is a mid-season break, a rare event when the players have had a week before games. There is an FA Cup to play but some of the first team players will get an extended break until Wednesday when we take on Norwich City.

Team building, team bonding, vital

"We have to push ourselves together. Spirit is so important in football because it's a collective sport. The team is young but we are nearly at the level to be ready to compete (for trophies). It's just a matter of time but, with this mentality and this atmosphere, things are improving quicker than normal. 
"We always want to improve and to develop our mentality to become a winning team. The road is still long but we feel we are improving all together and we are starting to be very hungry for the next few months and next few years."

Regular readers of this blog will certainly know what Lloris is talking about (above remarks were made on the official website) and that simply having skill is not enough for success. A club has to have to have the mental side of the game as well, something that has been sadly lacking at Spurs under a succession of managers. When the going got tough, the players generally bottled it, blowing great league positions on a regular basis.

We are no longer a one-man team waiting for Bale to produce some brilliance to carry us along, but a collective where everyone is important. Nerves will play their part, a top four challenge is new to most of these youngsters and they will learn from the experience. It is will be an even better learning experience if they achieve that goal. They will then be able to take that knowledge and experience into next season, feelings they feel won't be new, they'll know how to handle them better.

Right now the club is on a high, not just because of the win against Crystal palace or the Dele Alli strike, but because players came in against Leicester City at Filbert Street and played them off the park in the FA Cup replay. That instills confidence in the squad as a group, it instils confidence in the first choice players that if a player comes in they can maintain playing standards. That enables them to feel good and produce their best.

The name Tottenham Hotspur conjures up a good feeling right now.



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