Mousa Dembele explains the simple reason behind his improvement this season

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder delivered a man-of-the-match performance against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham playmaker Mousa Dembele says he is 'happy' in north London and that's why he's playing better this season, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, the 28-year-old was awarded the man-of-the-match award against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and was asked why he has improved this term.

But the Belgian gave a simple answer. The Spurs man is happy - and says it's easy to play in a team that works so hard.

Dembele told Sky after the game: "I’m happy. I’m happy the team is doing well. The team is doing working so hard and it’s easy to play in a team like this."

Happiness is such a simple yet undervalued part of football - and any business.

What a lot of managers don't seem to realise is that players are people. Andre Villas-Boas certainly didn't, although Harry Redknapp did but undervalued the tactical aspect of the game.

Certain players haven't been as lucky under Pochettino, who remained professional and distant with the likes of Etienne Capoue and Andros Townsend.

But the Tottenham boss clearly felt Dembele was worth getting onside and, obviously, it's paid off big time.

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