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Pochettino: When I joined Spurs were frightened of QPR, West Ham

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits there was an inferiority complex at the club when he arrived.

Pochettino is enjoying the afterglow of this week's Champions League rout of Real Madrid.

"There was a view of Tottenham in the past that we've been working hard to change. When we came here, our first game was against West Ham and Tottenham had lost to them three times the season before and then it was QPR at home and that was Harry Redknapp in charge," he recalled.

"So, the Premier League fixtures were announced and everyone went, 'Wow, look at the start to the season'.

"My face was like the emoticon with the big eyes and from that moment we worked hard to change the perception.

"Come on, we are Tottenham. We must feel we can smash everyone. I don't care if it's West Ham or QPR with Harry Redknapp. We won both games... then we started to go down!"

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