Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino chose to maintain a positive attitude after watching his side lose 2-1 in heartbreaking fashion against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs fans were honestly left to feel very anxious ahead of the trip to Anfield after watching their team lose three away games on the bounce against Burnley, Chelsea and Southampton ahead of Sunday’s showdown.
Tottenham actually made a bright start as they threatened to open the scoring against Jurgen Klopp’s side in the first ten minutes but after a header from Roberto Firmino in the 16th minute, the game became Liverpool’s to lose.
Pochettino’s side produced an encouraging response after the halftime break and they were rewarded for their efforts as Lucas Moura scored an equalizer with over 20 minutes left on the clock.
The momentum belonged to Spurs at that stage and indeed, the team was guilty of squandering decent opportunities to score.
But after being left heartbroken by a late own-goal which saw Liverpool undeservedly snatch all of the three points, Pochettino remained upbeat in his post-match interview.
“Now we start a mini-league, with seven games ahead, in the top four it is in our hands.” the Tottenham boss told Sky Sports.
“With all the circumstances happening this season, they are more than heroes, and we need to keep the trust and confidence, and of course we are going to fight to be in the Champions League.
“But I am happy with everyone. It is important to understand the circumstances of the team, of the club, of course no excuse or justification, but you know, the most important is to feel that you dominate a team that is building to win the league and Champions League. “