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Saturday, 28 November 2015

An excellent piece on Pochettino

An excellent piece on Pochettino

For those of us who have been banging on about mentality and the need to build a youthful side who grow together to compete with the top four, Mauricio Pochettino has been a godsend. A manager or head coach who grasped that the club has to change it's culture not just the playing staff, someone prepared to say if you want a successful team you have to have the support off the field.

In sport, mentality is the be all and end all of everything, if you don't have it you don't have a chance. Tottenham didn't have a chance, we didn't expect, we hoped. Player attitude had to change, those like Kaboul who didn't see anything wrong, had to go and go they have. There can be no doubt the mentality at Tottenham is totally different now from 18 months ago.

Gary Neville needs no introduction, a success on the field, he is now a success of it and quite frankly the best pundit on TV at the moment. When he speaks it is time to listen and he has written a very interesting piece in the Telegraph about Mauricio Pochettino after spending a day watching the workings at Tottenham.

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"And if you had said to me at the start of the season that a player out of League One (Dele Alli), and a converted centre-back (Dier) who was in and out of the England U-21s, would become the English mainstays in the Spurs midfield, I would have called you deluded.

"Pochettino is not taking ready-baked cakes. He is moulding people. He can change their positions. He can take an Erik Lamela, whose confidence was maybe shot, and turn him into a threatening wide man. Moussa Dembele, who was always talented, now looks the weight he should be. Jan Vertonghen is now able to harness and control his ego."

Gary Neville: Spurs article

Further Tottenham Reading
Premier League more important than Champions League - link to an excellent article discussing the clear indications
Shots leading the league - a look at shooting, Spurs are the most accurate team in the league and Harry Kane the most accurate striker
Lloris: A punching analysis - link to an excellent article that reveals Lloris punches more than any other keeper in the top 5 European leagues
Spurs continue to scout Townsend replacements - we are casting our net far and wide in search of a new inverted winger

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