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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

6 Mark Hughes words sum it up

Mark Hughes came out with some very telling comments after former title winner Csc Fabregas had earlier spoken about the impressive mentality at Spurs.

"We are disappointed with what we have produced, but Spurs were very impressive. Stronger, faster and they had more power that we were able to put out there. 
"We conceded an early goal and in the second half were trying to force the issue and that played into Spurs' hands. They have got good quality and plenty of pace and we found it very difficult to cope with that. 
"We had too many players apprehensive about the pace Tottenham have and some are dropping off to compensate and that makes the game stretched. They made the right decisions and that's the sign of a good team. On the night we were very much second best."

Fear of another player and fear of another team can inhibit performance. We have seen it at Spurs in the past when we have bottled it season after season while our neighbours Arsenal went on a winning spree.

If you look at this season that appears to have turned around. Harry Kane spoke about not being able to wait to get onto the field since the Leicester City result demonstrating the all important positive approach. No inhibiting apprehension.

On Monday Night Football Cesc Fabregas was asked about the new Chelsea manager and he spoke about a no excuses approach, he wants success from the start, not excuses why it hasn't happened. That is the exact approach a lot of Spurs fans have had to learn this season. It can't happen with negativity and constantly berating players, you are wearing away at then mentally and helping to prevent what they claim to want.

How can you claim to want success when all you do promotes failure? Once again our away fans showed the way with singing that suggested at times that they were, in fact, the home fans. Once again each and every one deserves praise and our appreciation.

Jamie Carragher has at last come on board and realised this is not a one-season wonder team, that the mentality has totally changed at Tottenham and that something is being built. We should remember Spurs are not the finished article, we are still in the building stage, having torn apart what was there before. The difference and the improvement is stark.

Quite how some were suggesting we hadn't improved and were calling for Pochettino's head was a mystery at the time and is an even bigger mystery now. I am at one with Carragher when he says why would Pochettino want to leave. He has everything he wants at Tottenham and the next step is to strengthen further and add trophies to the cabinet.

The new stadium is around the corner with a new income and new opportunities. Everything is rosy in the garden, a blue rose of course.


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