MANAGER Mauricio Pochettino has questioned whether his Tottenham Hotspur players have the desire needed to win the Premier League title in the wake of their 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.
Spurs were second best throughout at Anfield as they continued their miserable run of form away from home in the league – which has seen them win just twice on the road since September – to slip ten points behind runaway leaders Chelsea.
And Pochettino admitted that any lingering hope that they have of being crowned champions will quickly be extinguished if the players do not show a significant improvement in their mentality.
“If you start a game like we did then it is very difficult,” he said. “It is hard to fight for the Premier League if you show that lack of desire to play for a win.
“In the first 45 minutes you saw a team that is not ready to fight for the Premier League. We are in a position that is up to us. But if you show
like we did that you cannot cope with the pressure then it is difficult to challenge and fight for the Premier League.
“We were sloppy and didn’t show any aggression. We were a little bit like ‘let’s go on the pitch and play football’ but that’s not our game. It’s about competing and we didn’t compete enough. Liverpool were better than us and deserved the three points.
“For different reasons that we need to analyse the team, collectively, didn’t show up. It’s not about quality, because we have that, it’s aggression to try to win the three points. Sometimes it happens and we need to be clever, to be strong, to find out why it happened and to change.”