Champions League victory restores confidence, says Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino


Managers and coaching staff always need to think that you need to win, today and tomorrow.

The win was the club's first in four games following a tough sequence that has raised questions over Pochettino's future.

"And if we don't improve our performance, what is going to be the result?"

"It's a massive experience for us as a group that has never lived this type of situation before".

"We start to see it is only time that we need to recover confidence". It was very important tonight.

The dynamic forward has the ability to go either way with great pace and is a natural finisher with both feet that gives Mauricio Pochettino's team a real lift when he plays.

The fans, too, were back on side following reports that Tottenham had struggling to sell-out for this match after being given the stadium's full 62,062 allocation.

While the consensus was that the Tottenham cycle was over, the bad news cycle must have seemed incessant for Pochettino and his players.

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Meanwhile, captain Harry Kane, who scored a brace, praised his team's strength of character as they put their troubled season behind them. It's only one game, but of course we need to build our confidence and we have to start at some point. "We have got a very tough game on Sunday so I hope we can take momentum into that".

"We wanted to come out of the blocks and press high". We are also delighted with the clean sheet.

The north London club will face Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League clash on Tuesday night, and it is a must-win game for them.

The Serbians have not allowed to sell tickets to their fans as a punishment for racist chanting, during a July qualifying fixture against HJK Helsinki in Finland.

Their presence was in contravention of a UEFA ticketing ban that was created to prevent Red Star fans from attending the game, and Tottenham and UEFA will both reportedly launch inquiries to work out how banned away fans gained access to tickets.

"One, for our confidence and two, for another three points in the table", said Pochettino, as Tottenham leapfrogged Red Star into second in Group B behind Bayern.

Stadium security and police eventually surrounded the fans but they stayed throughout their team's 5-0 loss on Tuesday but officials determined the group was too large to eject.