Mauricio Pochettino on the message he's always giving to Tottenham Hotspur's players

Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches.

Mauricio Pochettino has explained in the Hampstead and Highgate Express that he is always telling Tottenham Hotspur's squad not to worry about the opposition.

Tottenham face Aston Villa in their next Premier League fixture, and little is known about how the Midlands side will set-up in the contest, as they are currently without a manager.

Kevin MacDonald has been placed in interim charge of Villa, after the sacking of Tim Sherwood, but Pochettino does not want his team to be overly concerned with how the opposition approach the game.

“I always tell the players - the opponent is never important, it’s how we take the game,” he stressed. “We need to be focused and concentrate because we have had good examples against Anderlecht and Bournemouth.

“They were different opponents, different teams with different styles but always it’s our problem, it’s in our heads how we take it. We need to be focused in every game and training session and then deliver everything we’ve worked on during the week.”

Despite the changes at Villa - which they hope will spark an upturn in fortunes - Spurs still go into the game as heavy favourites, given the two side’s respective form.

The Lilywhites are unbeaten in nine Premier League matches, while Villa have not won since the opening day of the season.

If Spurs are able to beat Villa on Monday, they could move into the top four of the Premier League table if results over the weekend work in their favour.

Villa, meanwhile, will remain in the relegation zone even if they are able to beat Pochettino’s side, but they need to start accumulating points in order to avoid being cast adrift.

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