Nabil Bentaleb praises Pochettino's big game influence, wants to 'prove everyone wrong'

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb believes the influence of manager Mauricio Pochettino is helping Spurs win big games.

Tottenham clinched a huge win on Saturday, defeating Arsenal 2-1 in the North London derby at White Hart Lane, largely thanks to two goals from Harry Kane.

The striker's brace cancelled out Mesut Ozil's first half opener for the Gunners, leaving Tottenham in fifth place, just one point behind fourth placed Manchester United.

A push for the top four is now on the cards for Mauricio Pochettino's men, and this week's trip to Liverpool is a crucial game in their pursuit of a Champions League place.

Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has now returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Algeria, and again impressed in the Spurs midfield against Arsenal.

The 20-year-old has developed rapidly under Pochettino this season, and has praised the Argentine for giving Tottenham the belief to win big games, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

"Now, we are coming into these big games with more confidence. We’re coming with the belief that we can do it, that we can win these games," said Bentaleb. "We kind of like this type of games, to prove everyone they’re wrong about us."

"It is just happened in training. Once the coaches say a few words to us, it is the style he wants us to play. It is just the faith. We all believe we can win these type of games," he added.

Tottenham's 5-3 win over Chelsea on New Year's Day appears to have given the players the confidence they need to go and beat their rivals, and the 2-1 victory over Arsenal demonstrated that again.

With tough league games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City still to come as well as Europa League ties and the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea, Tottenham will need to continue their recent great form in big games.

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