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Published: 11:24 | 2/5/16

Pochettino hails players' motivation

Spurs must beat Chelsea on Monday night

Mauricio Pochettino has lauded his Tottenham Hotspur players for their efforts in training ahead of Monday night's crucial encounter at Chelsea.

The north London side must win at Stamford Bridge or else Leicester City will be crowned Premier League champions for the first time.

It hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Spurs however, as they have failed to win there since February 1990 but Pochettino feels the players are training as if they intend to change that stat.

“We spoke before with (assistant head coach) Jesus (Perez) and the staff,” he said, speaking before Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

“It is always difficult at the end of a season because of the fatigue – not only physical but mental – but the way we train every day, sometimes we have to stop them because it is too much.

“The motivation is massive. If I can help with my new contract and if Leicester drop points on Sunday I think it is welcome.

“But either way our players our very, very motivated to play on Monday against Chelsea."

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