Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side were “fighting everyone” during last season’s title race with Leicester.
Spurs picked up just two points from their final four games of the season last term, with draws against West Brom and Chelsea handing 5,000/1 outsiders The Foxes the Premier League trophy.
Pochettino said his team ran out of steam “fighting everyone” during the closing weeks of the fixture list, as the media and neutral fans alike willed Leicester to complete an unlikely underdog story.
However, speaking after his side’s dominant 4-0 win over Bournemouth at White Hart Lane this afternoon, the Spurs boss said his team has a better mentality after last season.
Pochettino said: “We have learned a lot. There was a very bad period at the end of last season, we had spent a lot of energy fighting against Leicester.
“But we were also fighting against West Brom and Chelsea, against the media and the people, we were fighting against everyone.
“Now we are just focussing on fighting our opponent when we play and spending time and energy preparing ourselves to compete in the best way.
“That was our challenge at the beginning of the season, to improve our mentality and belief and I think the team has improved a lot.”
Spurs recorded a second consecutive 4-0 win in the Premier League as they swept aside Bournemouth to narrow top-of-the-table Chelsea’s lead to just four points.
Harry Kane scored on his first start since return from an ankle injury, while Son Heung-Min, Moussa Dembele and Vincent Janssen were also among the goals.
The victory was Spurs’ seventh in a row in the Premier League, as well as their twelfth consecutive win at home in the league, beating a club record which has stood since 1922.
The Blues will have the chance to restore their lead to seven points when they play Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow afternoon.
Pochettino added: “The pressure is now on Chelsea to win at Old Trafford, I am sure that tomorrow will be a very tough game for them.
“There are still a lot of games to be played, but it would be fantastic that tomorrow evening after that game the gap is still four points.
“Four points is still a lot, they are still the favourites and they are on the top.
“But we are fighting to be there and fighting for the top four for the second consecutive season and that is a big credit for the players.”
Tottenham next face Chelsea in a London derby FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next Saturday before another all-capital clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park four days later.