Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 at White Hart Lane yesterday.
Spurs hosted Swansea at White Hart Lane yesterday, and defender Danny Rose revealed that Pochettino told the squad that he was more worried about this game than any other in their run-in.
Pochettino feared that his side would become complacent, and Rose said that was the case in the first-half, as they allowed Swansea to take a 1-0 lead.
“I spoke to the gaffer yesterday and he said that today was the game that was worried about most, because Swansea were [near the] bottom of the league, we might have taken our foot off the gas,” Rose explained.
“He said at half-time we did. For the first 20 minutes we were sleeping and we didn’t show them enough respect.”
Tottenham ended up fighting back to claim the three points at White Hart Lane, to strengthen their title bid.
Goals from Nacer Chadli and Rose in the second half turned the game on its head, and Shearer could only praise Pochettino for his skill at getting his players motivated.
"It was very good psychology, getting it into his players’ heads straight away that it’s not going to be an easy game," he said. "They didn’t play well first half, but there’s a toughness about Spurs and I always felt they were going to come back."
In previous seasons Tottenham may have folded after going behind against Swansea, but they look more resilient now.
The Lilywhites are only two points behind Leicester City at the top of the table, and they are now the bookies’ favourites to lift the title in May.
Tottenham’s next two games could be season-defining, as they first face West Ham United on Wednesday evening before taking on Arsenal in a crucial North London derby at the weekend.