Tottenham must always be prepared for cup final mentality at Wembley, says Mauricio Pochettino

Jack Rosser

Tottenham may have put their Wembley hoodoo behind them with home wins in the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup this season, however, Mauricio Pochettino knows his team must always be prepared to face motivated opponents.

There had been plenty of talk surrounding Spurs adapting to a different atmosphere and larger pitch at their temporary home, but another key factor to consider is the lift opposing players will get from playing at the national stadium.

Tottenham have been given frustrating rides against the likes of Barnsley, Swansea and most recently Bournemouth at Wembley, and while Pochettino knows they will be motivated, he has also urged his players to enjoy their season under the arch.

"[At first] in your mind you cannot recognise [the difference],” Pochettino told Sky Sports.

“You are going to play Wembley, you know it's a Premier League game against Tottenham. But when you are under stress, it's like auto-pilot, they say: 'Oh, we are at Wembley, we are in a cup final, we must give our best!'

"The opponent is so excited to come to Wembley. White Hart Lane was so difficult for the opponent. We are fighting to create our own home at Wembley, and also fighting with the motivation of the opponent, because in their mind they are playing a cup final. When you play a cup final, you give your best, that bit extra.

"I think today it is so important to be strong in our mind, to create that feeling about Wembley, to enjoy Wembley."

Spurs host Liverpool in the capital on Sunday afternoon, where the Argentine will be looking to end another hoodoo and get his first win over Jurgen Klopp as a manager.

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