Spurs star: We needed to treat Leeds like Man United

11:46 28 January 2013

Mousa Dembele jumps with Leeds United

Mousa Dembele jumps with Leeds United's Luke Varney (right) during Spurs' FA Cup defeat at Elland Road

EMPICS Sport

Mousa Dembele says Tottenham have learned a valuable lesson about the importance of motivation and must approach every game like their recent clash with Manchester United.

Spurs held Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League leaders to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane last weekend but were beaten 2-1 by Championship outfit Leeds at Elland Road yesterday.

The Lilywhites’ defeat in Yorskshire cost them their place in the FA Cup, and Dembele feels a mental problem may have been to blame.

“I think it’s the most difficult thing in football – to try to think that you play every game against Man United,” said the Belgian, who came off the bench in the 59th minute against Leeds.

“It’s very easy to motivate yourself to play against Man United and to play well against them. It’s the other teams like this where it is a bit more difficult because you have something to lose and they have everything to win.

“You have to give extra energy to motivate yourself, so maybe that was a bit of the problem.

“It’s difficult to go there and play - they’re very motivated. I think in some moments we did it as well and in some moments it was a bit difficult.

“In the second half we started believing again and we could have equalised, but at the end it was bad luck.

“You can feel that we have a lot of quality in our group and we can win something. You can feel that, so it’s a bit disappointing that this cup is over already for us, but we have another trophy to get so we’ll try to get the other one now.”

Spurs will have to bounce back quickly as they return to Norwich’s Carrow Road – the scene of their Capital One Cup exit – on Wednesday night.

“I think we have to keep looking at everything in a positive way because during the season we’ve played some good games,” said Dembele. “Our position now is good as well.

“We have to keep on thinking like we want to win something and we want to win every game, and if we can do that we can still have a good season.

“We’re disappointed today but we have to forget it and we have to go and think about the game against Norwich, which is very important.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs


Live Blog Deadline Day Sept 1st

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Tottenham news

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Read the latest stories and rumours from around London as our Premier League managers wheel and deal.

Join our writers in our live blog all day as we discuss the latest London stories and rumours on deadline day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Tottenham's Erik Lamela (Richard Sellers/PA Wire)

Erik Lamela will remain a Tottenham player after Mauricio Pochettino reportedly prevented the winger from moving to Marseille.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor in action (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Slaven Bilic has reportedly held talks with Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor over a deadlind-day move to West Ham.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Axel Witsel of FC Zenit St. Petersburg (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Tottenham will be forced to stump up an incredible €100 million (£72.8m) fee if they want to sign Axel Witsel.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more