Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has suggested that one of the best things Mauricio Pochettino has done since he arrived at the club, is inject belief into the team.
The Frenchman has revealed how he watched from the back of Tottenham’s team, as several key players ‘gave up’ last season during the struggles under Andre Villas-Boas and then Tim Sherwood who replaced him.
Pochettino is under a great deal of pressure to get Tottenham back into the Champions League, but Lloris has hinted that he’s having a positive effect away from the pitch just as much as on it.
“We didn't play great football [against Man United] but we showed a lot of character,” said the Frenchman.
“We were fighting a lot and until the end we were believing that we could get the three points.”
“I remember we had some bad games last season and we had the feeling that we gave up a bit. But in football things can turn really quickly so we need to get focused in ourselves and move forward.”
Sherwood’s contract with Tottenham was reportedly dependant on the team finishing in the top four after he took over last season.
However, a lack of belief was one of many reasons Spurs only ended up with Europa League football this time round and performances have been gradually improving under Pochettino.
The Argentine always maintained that it was going to take time for him to get his message across and for the players to start adapting to his style of play, but they appear to be slowly getting it.
Tottenham are just two points behind Southampton in fourth place and five points behind Manchester United in third.
A good result against Chelsea this week and a good run of form throughout January could see them break that top four group making that lack of belief last season seem like a very distant memory.