Ryan Mason: Tottenham must learn to win ugly next season

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has called for his side to close games out next season.

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has told The Guardian that Spurs must learn to close games out next season after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Spurs slipped to a narrow loss against Manuel Pellegrini's men, with Sergio Aguero scoring the winning goal on the half hour mark at White Hart Lane.

The result means Spurs remain in sixth place in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of the top four with just three games remaining.

Another Europa League campaign is on the horizon for Tottenham in Mauricio Pochettino's first season at the club, but fans will be pleased with how the Argentine has blooded youngsters this season.

Eric Dier, Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane have all played big parts this season, whilst Mason has also been integral in midfield.

The 23-year-old made his Premier League debut at the start of the season and has ended it as an England international, but now has words of advice for his manager and team-mates.

Speaking to The Guardian after that loss to City, Mason says that Tottenham must take a leaf out of City's book, and learn to close out games even when they aren't playing particularly well.

"City knew how to shut out the game and this is something we have to learn quickly for next season because we have got a young team and we need to learn how to play bad and win games," said Mason. "First and foremost we want to win games, play attractive football and score goals. But there are times when maybe we’ve been a bit naive at times."

That naivety may come with having such a young side, and the only way to get through it is by gaining experience - something many players have given under Pochettino this season.

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