Tottenham Hotspur boss Ryan Mason says Sheffield United will raise their game playing at the "best stadium in the world" on Sunday
Ryan Mason, the interim Tottenham Hotspur head coach, is expecting Sheffield United to raise their game on Sunday when they step out at what he describes as “probably the best stadium in the world”.
Relegated United travel to the £1billion Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday playing for pride and confidence, and looking to build on last weekend’s rare victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Both sides will be led by interim bosses, Mason holding the fort after Jose Mourinho was sacked recently and Paul Heckingbottom assuming temporary charge following the departure of Chris Wilder last month.
And Mason, the former Spurs midfielder, said: “It’s a totally different mentality there going into the game. They’re coming to probably the best stadium in the world so they’re going to up their game, and this Sheffield United team always competes.
“I know their manager, Paul, and he’ll get them competing and giving 100 per cent. Professional football at elite level, there are no easy games.
“We have to be professional and we have to respect the opposition, and we have to be 100 per cent committed to get a positive result.”
On Heckingbottom, Mason added: “He’s representing a Premier League football club, he’s a proud man and a professional so he’ll be doing everything he can do to get his team ready.
“We’ve done the same and we’ll continue to do that.”
Spurs lost in the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City last weekend, and much of the fallout from that game has centred around the future of their star man Harry Kane, and whether Spurs can qualify for the Champions League to give themselves a better chance of keeping hold of him.
“All our focus is on the game,” Mason added.
“We can’t disrespect any opponent, we can’t be investing energy in anything else. The whole group’s attention is on this Sunday.
“The biggest priority for the players is the weekend, we can’t look past anyone especially in the Premier League. We want to be competing on the biggest stages and this weekend is a massive game.
“We’ve got five cup finals now and Sunday is a massive game for us as a group and as a football club.”