The analysis of Tottenham’s defeat to Leeds continues but some may have been surprised at the remarks made by Moussa Dembele after the game. The Belgian, who was introduced as a 58th minute substitute suggested that the side may have found it hard to get motivated for the tie.
“The most difficult thing is to think every week as you would if you were playing United,” Moussa said.
“It is very easy to motivate yourself against them but when you have a team like this it’s a bit more difficult, because they have everything to gain.
“You have to give extra energy to motivate yourself and maybe that was a bit of a problem for us but we still feel we can win a trophy this season, because there is a lot of quality in our group.
Of course, there could be an issue with comments being lost in translation but could Spurs really find it hard to lift themselves for an FA Cup tie – irrespective of the opposition?