Tim Sherwood: 'Tottenham Hotspur players shouldn't need motivating'

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood on the touchline during the Premier League match against Stoke on December 29, 2013
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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood insists that his players should not need any motivation for their upcoming matches.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood has insisted that his players shouldn't need to be motivated to perform.

The team were criticised for their body language before last Sunday's 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

The loss contributed to figures of just two wins in the North London outfit's last six games.

"They shouldn't need anyone to motivate them," Sherwood told reporters in Friday's press conference. "I never needed motivating to play football. If you need motivating then you shouldn't be in this game.

"You've got 35,000 fans coming to cheer you on. It's all about pride now and getting the maximum points possible between now and the end of the season.

"We have to make sure we play with pride and give the great fans that Tottenham have 100% all of the time."

Spurs will take on struggling Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Monday.

Tim Sherwood manager of Tottenham Hotspur vents his frustrations on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 16, 2014
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