Jordan is one of the best basketball players of all time, and Bentaleb takes inspiration from the American’s greatness.
“You can’t become a champion in any sport without tasting defeat and disappointment along the way,” the Algeria international told Tottenham’s official website. “That’s a big thing for me.
“The great basketball player Michael Jordan said ‘I scored 300 points, but I missed 600 to score 300’.
“It’s a quote I always remember, so when you fall on the floor you get up and use the experience to make you stronger. That’s what this squad will do.”
Optimism for new season
Bentaleb enjoyed a breakthrough season for Tottenham in 2014-15, and he will be looking to take his game to a higher level during the 2015-16 campaign.
In 26 Premier League appearances, the 20-year-old created 16 chances, had a pass accuracy of 87% and a shot accuracy of 24%, and won 34 headers, 28 dribbles and 45 tackles.
The Algerian will be looking to better on that performance next season, with Tottenham also aiming for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Spurs finished fifth in the 2014-15 campaign, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be determined to break into the top four.