Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters says he overcame the hardest psychological problem of his profession up to now at the Camp Nou final week.
The 21-year-old full-back made solely his second begin of the season within the decisive Champions League showdown with Barcelona and suffered a nightmare begin, shedding the ball to Ousmane Dembele to rating within the seventh minute.
However he was happy together with his response in a recreation Spurs went on to draw 1-1, which was sufficient to put his workforce into the spherical of 16. And, as Tottenham now put together to go to North London rivals Arsenal in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal, he believes he can deal with something.
“I learnt loads about myself,” Walker-Peters informed ESPN FC. “Two seconds after making the error I used to be pondering to myself, ‘Be sure to do not die on the pitch.’ However I feel I went on to truly play fairly properly.
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“I feel I’ve received a very good quantity of psychological toughness to find a way to try this, nevertheless it’s a studying curve for me.
“Was that the largest psychological hurdle I’ve had to overcome up to now? Positively. Particularly within the Champions League, in a stadium like that in opposition to such a very good workforce, to find a way to look previous that [was positive], with the assistance of my teammates.
“Immediately Danny Rose got here straight over to me and stated, ‘Hold going.’ Harry Kane as properly, he stated a couple of issues to me. As we went to take the kick-off he stated, ‘Simply maintain going. There’s loads of time.’ That gave me confidence and I feel that is why I then went on to truly play fairly properly.
“Do I really feel prepared for something now? Positively. It is at all times going to occur as soon as in your profession. Now it is occurred I really feel like I understand how to cope with it. If it ever occurs once more — contact wooden it would not — I will understand how to reply.”
Pochettino has acknowledged that he has no intention of loaning out Walker-Peters, who has simply signed a brand new contract by way of to 2023, and that the academy graduate has turn out to be considered one of his “finest choices.”
Walker-Peters is now hoping to get one other probability to impress in opposition to Arsenal.
“If I get the chance, in fact I might be buzzing to play within the North London derby,” he stated. “I noticed one other younger participant do it a couple of weeks in the past — Juan [Foyth] — and he did rather well.
“All I can do is respect [what the manager’s said about me]. That begins on the coaching pitch, simply exhibiting him daily that I am prepared to maintain working, maintain enhancing. However these phrases from the gaffer at all times assist you, particularly as a younger participant, listening to your supervisor has religion in you.
“This 12 months, possibly hopefully, I’d have performed extra. However [in 2019] I will look to kick on and maintain enjoying properly.”