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Pochettino using United defeat as motivation.

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Mauricio Pochettino hopes Man Utd’s shock League Cup exit will help his Spurs players focus for their Europa Cup tie with AEL Limassol.


The football world was rocked on Tuesday by the manner in which Louis van Gaal’s side capitulated against unfancied MK Dons – a match Pochettino watched from the stands. The 4-0 defeat to the League One outfit in the Capital Cup second round was easily one of the most humiliating defeats in United’s proud history. The former Argentina international was understandably taken aback by the result and hopes it will sharpen the focus of his players, who this evening take on AEL Limassol in the Europa League play-offs boasting a 2-1 lead from last week’s first leg in Cyprus. “I think it is a different game than what we played in Larnaca against Limassol,” Pochettino said. “We need to be focused and ready. “I believe that it will be a tough game because all games are difficult. “On Tuesday it was difficult for Manchester United and you need to be focused on your objective. “Now we need a very good performance to beat Limassol and because we need to stay in the next round. “I watched the game in Milton Keynes live. I was there. It was difficult but it’s a good example to be ready. “We got a good result in Larnaca but we need to ready and focused on the game.” On the eve of the match Pochettino signed a player that won the competition with Sevilla last season, Federico Fazio. The 27-year-old penned a four-year deal upon his reported B£8million move to White Hart Lane, where he will fill the void left by club captain Michael Dawson’s move to Hull.

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