Poch explains why it was time to ‘regenerate’ the Spurs squad

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino is into his sixth season as the Tottenham manager and the club has been completely transformed both off and on the pitch during his time in the helm.

Spurs now arguably boast of having the best stadium and training ground in the country and compete regularly in the Champions League and the top end of the Premier League.

While the team was young and relatively inexperienced when the Argentine took over, the average age of the squad is now around 27, with several stars including the likes of Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen now on the other side of 30.

Pochettino insisted that it was time for the club to regenerate their squad starting this year.

In an interview to Sky Sports, the Spurs manager said, “The circumstances of the club meant that for a while maybe we could not regenerate.

“For different reasons, we decided to keep our players. Of course, every season they are one year older, one year older.

“But now it is the start of the regeneration with the signings of Sessegnon, Lo Celso, and Ndombele as well as bringing through our own players.

“They are the two systems that we use to refresh the squad, sometimes young players from outside and sometimes from the academy.

“When you have an unbelievable academy like we do, you can always refresh it in training and refresh with the energy and the motivation of players such as Troy Parrott. We are trying to regenerate that energy and to start again.”

While the 47-year-old said that the team is focussed on improving on last season’s showing and that this season represents the start of a new cycle for the club.

He added “It is going to be difficult because last season we were in the top four and the final of the Champions League but we want to be better every season and in every area.

“That is our objective. Our vision to achieve it is that we can improve the same players who are here but also add to the quality with the young players who are coming in.

“We love that challenge. We love to try to be better every season and we are working hard on that. We are settling the team, trying to find the best dynamic in the group.

“It is a natural evolution and we are looking to find that balance. This season looks like it will be the one where we will start the regeneration of the squad. This is a new cycle.”

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It is clear that Pochettino is trying to build a new core at the club which explains why the club were so active in the transfer market. It will be an extremely difficult task to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool while integrating new players into the system. So a third place finish and a domestic trophy will represent a fantastic season for the club.

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  1. Bringing in players and promoting from the youth team are the “two systems” Spurs use to regenerate? He makes it sound like science. Yes, players do get a year older every year. If he’s only just discovered this as a new law of the universe we’re in the presence of an idiot savant. Is this any reason to be childishly vindictive to any player who’s turned 30?


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