The game is about glory, and it’s also about getting home at a good time judging by the acres of empty red seats by the end.
Pochettino stresses the importance of the result in his post-match interview.
“I think a good night for us. An opportunity to take 3 points.”
“Three points allow us to be in a good position in the table. Tonight was a must win game – so important for us.”
“Maybe not play in the way we want to play – but the result is the most important thing for us.”
The tone of questions Pochettino is not hostile, but he uses self-selected history to frame his response to the questions he faces.
Why didn’t you play the way you wanted to play?
“During the whole 10 months of the season it is difficult to keep playing good football – we tried.”
Where is Harry Kane with his game at the moment?
“I think 150 Premier League games, 105 Premier League goals – I can’t say more than that. The numbers talk for him.”
You are in a strong position for the top four?
“Yes – to finish in the top four would be massive for the club – for the third time in a row, no?”
The many fans that left the game early may feel this achievement is not as massive as the manager may hope.
Leadership communication lesson
The use of data in communications is incredibly important and powerful. It makes your speech or commentary appear more specific and trustworthy as a result. A leader also has the opportunity to choose the data which is most supportive of any argument they want to make. If short term results are positive, talk to the recent change of momentum; if short term results are negative, look at the longer term positive direction; and if both the short term and the longer term results were negative, throw your frame of reference forward, and look to the improvement you will see just around the corner.