Mauricio Pochettino says he is happy with Christian Eriksen’s commitment to Tottenham despite the midfielder not having his “best game” against Olympiakos.
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However, the Denmark international – who is in the final year of his contract and has been linked with a move away from Spurs – still has the full backing of his manager.
“I was happy with Eriksen’s performance [against Olympiakos],” Pochettino said at his press conference on Thursday. “Maybe yesterday wasn’t his best game – like the team – but I think the quality of the performance wasn’t the best from us.
“I am happy with the commitment of Christian. He ran a lot, he was very committed to the team. I’m not concerned about him.”
Pochettino says Tottenham’s mentality is not an issue, but believes they need to learn how to manage games better
“No I don’t say that [we need to be mentally tougher] – we need to improve in all aspects,” he said.
“Leading 2-0 against Arsenal, leading 2-0 against Olympiakos, I think we are not talking about quality, we are talking about in this type of situation managing the game better and dealing better with this type of situation.
“A few months ago we were in the final of the Champions League and we were not talking about mentality. We got a lot of praise because we were in the final. We need to create a dynamic to match every opponent.”
‘Leicester have rebuilt since PL title win’
Spurs face another tough test away from home this weekend against Leicester, one of the contenders to break into the Premier League top six this season.
Tottenham have won four of their last five league games against the Foxes but Brendan Rodgers’ side have made a positive start to the new campaign and sit level with Spurs on eight points.
“In the Premier League we know each other really well,” Pochettino said. “Leicester is a very good team with a lot of good, unbelievable players.