Mousa Dembele hails Tottenham's mentality shift

Tottenham no longer appear to be the same underachieving side they have been for years.

Mousa Dembele has told The Telegraph that a marked shift in mentality separates the modern-day Tottenham Hotspur from the one which ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson allegedly belittled.

Quoted by The Guardian from his 2014 autobiography, Roy Keane alledges that the legendary Scottish manager used a simple three-word team talk to inspire his side against Spurs once upon a time: "Lads, it's Tottenham."

There is nothing small time about the project Mauricio Pochettino is building at White Hart Lane, with the Lilywhites demonstrating their huge promise with a 3-0 demolition of the Red Devils this evening to move back to within seven points of Premier League leaders Leicester.

It was only last season when a top-four finish would have represented an excellent season for title-challenging Tottenham, and Dembele says the mentality which Pochettino has instilled is what separates them from previous generations.

Asked about Ferguson's alleged comment, the Belgian midfielder said to The Telegraph: “I heard about that. You can’t compare it to three years ago. People respect us now. They know that they need to play against us like they play against a top team.

"In the past, Tottenham always had unbelievable players but now there is a different mentality. That’s what has changed.”

 

Dropping points against United would have effectively handed the title to Leicester, who beat Sunderland 2-0 this afternoon to move 10 points clear at the summit, but Pochettino's men responded to that pressure ruthlessly.

 

They still need the Foxes to slip up on a couple of occasions, but Spurs certainly look like the real deal.

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