Now that Tottenham Hotspur have a short break from European competition, Mauricio Pochettino admitted that his team became distracted by their European campaign.
Although Spurs topped their Champions League group ahead of Real Madrid, they did not do well in the Premier League and had picked up just two points in their previous four games.
“We spent a lot of energy in the Champions League and it was so tough to mix between that competition and the Premier League,” he said after Saturday’s facile win, which saw Spurs close the gap on the top four to just one point.
“Last season when we were out of the Champions League we were able to focus on the Premier League, but this season the team wanted to show that we were strong in Europe, too. Maybe we were distracted about that.”
While Tottenham are already on the top, they could still find themselves with a tough draw against Bayern Munich or Juventus, who both finished as runners-up in their groups.
“I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team everybody says you should beat easily. That is when it gets complicated. We would love to play against a big team.”