Mauricio Pochettino needs Spurs’ creative players to join hunt for goals

Tottenham failed to create enough chances against Leicester and Pochettino will hope they are a great deal sharper against Bayer Leverkusen and Arsenal

Gone are the days when a manager could stride into his dressing room, say “Lads, it’s Tottenham” and leave the room satisfied that his message had been delivered. That was Sir Alex Ferguson’s way of motivating his players at Manchester United before games against the north London club, back when a streak of self-destructiveness threatened to undermine Spurs at every turn.

Squander a 3-0 lead? Spursy. Score a comical own goal in the last minute? Spursy. Roll over in a daunting away game? That’s Spurs for you. They can’t be trusted.

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