One thing we have is belief, says Tottenham manager
PUBLISHED: 15:30 21 January 2019
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The Argentinian talked about Spurs' philosophy as a club after another London derby win
Throughout this season, time and time again Spurs have scored late goals and while not all of them have been important, you get the sense Sunday’s might be.
When Dele Alli limped down the touchline with what appeared yet another hamstring injury, a sense of doom and gloom could easily have engulfed the players.
Approaching the final exchanges of a game away to a club firmly rooted in the bottom three, they were only drawing 1-1 and it would have been a second Premier League fixture in a row where points had been dropped.
Deep into stoppage time it looked set to finish as a stalemate and yet this team, which is seriously depleted, had other ideas.
Harry Winks controlled a loose ball and then raced up the pitch and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou managed to pick him out inside the area and cue wild scenes from both the Tottenham Hotspur players and fans.
It was a big moment, and another important goal scored inside the final 15 minutes of a match.
During this season alone, Spurs have struck late winners at home to PSV, Inter Milan, Burnley and now away to Fulham.
Also in the Champions League, they hit a dramatic equaliser in the final exchanges at Barcelona in December which secured an unlikely berth in the round of 16.
There have been plenty of other goals during the final quarter of an hour in games that have been vital.
It is a big trait of this Tottenham team under Mauricio Pochettino and it comes down to belief according to the Argentinian.
No matter what is thrown at the club, no matter what negatives there seems, they stay in a bubble and it doesn’t affect them.
Pochettino alluded to the ‘bubble’ after the 5-0 win over AFC Bournemouth, which is one of the rare occasions this campaign where Spurs have been able to swat aside an opponent comprehensively.
A lot of the time they have had to grind out wins, but as a result of this newly-found steel, they sit third in the Premier League and somehow just about in a title race.
This is in spite of almost every single first-team player suffering an injury and the fact the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is still not completed.
When asked about the mentality at Spurs now compared to his first season at the club - the 2014/15 term, Pochettino replied: “The first thing when we arrived nearly five years ago was to translate a normal way to work.
“Always be calm and translate the belief and to create something special at the club. I think it’s a thing that you want to create, but you need time.
“From the beginning I think it was tough and difficult and you know very well, but now after nearly five years, it’s one thing that we have.
“Maybe we have some luck, maybe we didn’t sign someone in the summer or still not finish the stadium, many things. But one thing we have is belief and we trust in each other - the squad and the staff - and that’s the most important thing.
“In this type of game, with many negative things that happened during the week and a very unfair result against Manchester United, it’s a very dangerous place to play against a team that is playing for survival and how we started the game.
“Always you have the belief, and the quality, and you have the plus you can have the reward from the universe. Of course when you fight in that way, that thing arrives.”