Bentaleb: Pochettino gave us belief to achieve

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

Nabil Bentaleb has documented the message that Mauricio Pochettino gave the Tottenham Hotspur team when he arrived at the club this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur's Nabil Bentaleb has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino has told the squad that they can compete in both the Premier League and the Europa League if they all pull together. 

The Spurs midfielder says that one of Pochettino's first messages after being appointed was that he wanted to do well domestically and in Europe this season, but that they would only be successful if the squad was united. 

"He came and he showed some great confidence and he told us that we could do something and if we all think and believe we can achieve something in both [competitions]," he said to the Express.

"We have to try every game 200 per cent and give everything and play all the time."

It was originally thought that Pochettino may not be placing too much of precedence on the Europa League after he made some rather disparaging remarks about it previously in his managerial career.

However, the word from inside Tottenham is that they consider the competition of high importance and that they would like to progress as far as possible in it. 

If they are to do so then tonight's game against Besiktas would be a good chance for Spurs to put themselves in a commanding position in their group.

The Lilywhites opened their European campaign with a 0-0 draw against Partizan Belgrade and they will be looking to grab the three points tonight.

To do so will not be an easy task, though. Their Turkish opponents have some quality and, although they go into the game as underdogs, they will know that they can pose a threat should Spurs put in an off-colour display.

That is not beyond the realms of possibility, given the side's fragile confidence after a poor run of form, but a win tonight is likely to go some way to getting their season back on track and Bentaleb wants it to start a good run for the side. 

"Besiktas is the one to come, we have to get the win and on Sunday we have to go back again in the Premier League and win again [against Southampton]," he said.

"In a season you have ups and downs and that's what football is like. You have to bounce back and show character. We have to show everyone we're strong enough to get fourth place."

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