They were trailing arch-rivals Arsenal 1-0 at 'home' at half-time, and in serious danger of suffering a third consecutive Premier League defeat for the first time under boss Pochettino to leave their top four place in serious jeopardy.
But Danny Rose claims Pochettino's Churchillian speech in the Wembley dressing-room was one of the best things he has “ever witnessed in football" and left them “ready to go to war."
"The manager said some things at half-time and that was the turning point, because he's usually really calm and collected. He normally talks to us at half-time. This time it was like he was really sending us to war," said Rose. “That was one of the best things I've witnessed in football, his half-time team-talk. It's one of the best team-talks I've been involved in since I've been playing football.
“He normally talks, he's really calm — as you've all seen, he's calm on the sidelines... apart from after Burnley ! — but this time he was really passionate. I felt as if I was going into war after the team-talk that he gave.
“We're not used to losing two games in a row. Something needs to change somewhere. I think he just tried a different approach. But I liked what he did at half-time, it really got me firing. As usual, it made me want to fight for him, fight for my team-mates and fight for my club. I love seeing things like that.
“A week ago, we were fighting for something else. Now, a week later, it looks like we could be fighting for top four. It's amazing how football can change in the space or seven days and it was imperative that we didn't lose."