Pochettino shares desperate message he gave Tottenham players during famous Newcastle defeat

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur missed out on second place in 2016 after losing to Newcastle United on the final day.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs looks on prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match beween Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino recalled the moment when his side lost to Newcastle on the final day of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign in his new book, sharing his anger at his failure to motivate his players sufficiently, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Tottenham's defeat to the Magpies allowed bitter rivals Arsenal to leapfrog them into second place on the last day of the season, something that was a severely bitter pill to swallow at the time.

The Lilywhites have since made amends for that of course, finishing 11 points clear of the Gunners in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager celebrates his team's goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014...

Pochettino still chose to share how much the loss to Newcastle in May 2016 affected both him and his side, however, in his new book 'Brave New World', as quoted by Sky Sports:

"What's happening here has nothing to do with tactics. We aren't battling. You aren't yourselves on the pitch. But it was to no avail. Where was the individual commitment that gave us that special feeling of belonging to the group? I get very annoyed when I cannot find the way to motivate, to generate the passion necessary to enjoy this game."

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in...

The Argentine then went on to share what he did in the aftermath of the disappointing loss at St James' Park:

"I got in the car and headed home. The first thing that I did when I got there was open a bottle of wine and stuff myself with unhealthy food. I think I let my frustration out on myself. I ate the lot: crisps, snacks… If we had pizza, some of that as well. No salad."

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Pochettino deserves great credit for the manner in which he managed to galvanise his Tottenham side in the summer of 2016, however.

It would have been easy for them to let the disappointment of the Newcastle game affect their performances at the start of the following campaign, but alas, that was far from the case.

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