Pochettino reveals the secret for success this season

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Dom Le Roy

Pochettino has urged the need for togetherness from his squad at the start of this new Tottenham campaign.

Spurs undoubtedly have the talent to succeed in domestic and European football, with consistent top 4 finishes over recent seasons, and an impressive Champions League run last time out.

Recent endeavours in the World Cup also show a huge progression within the Tottenham ranks, with 9 first team players making the semi finals in Russia. Captain Hugo Lloris even went on to lift the trophy with France.

So, what is missing from Tottenham? From Pochettino’s comments and Spurs’ lack of transfer activity, it seems the powers that be stress it is only a matter on time.

When asked if his World Cup stars would walk into the starting eleven for the new season, Poch said: “It’s not because they were at the World Cup they are sure to play in the team.

“That is the most important thing: if we want to win something, if we want to challenge for big things, we all need to put our minds and energy into the collective and understand that the collective is the most important thing.

“If individual goals and targets are the priority for them, it’s sure that they are not going to help the team and that is why they are going to be out of the squad.”

This strong desire for a team bond and a nature of ‘collective’ perhaps offers up another reason why Tottenham were so keen to keep a maturing, settled squad this season. A squad full of players who are used to playing together, and who enjoy each other’s company.

Pochettino also urged people not to place too much expectation on lead goal scorer Harry Kane, once again coming back to this idea of a collective team, all helping one another.

“For me, he is in his best form whether he scores or doesn’t score. I don’t have any doubt that he’s in his best form.

“He worked a lot for the team and I’m sure that he’s going to score. But he can’t score three goals in every game.”

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  1. ‘Keep calm and carry on’ — by now everyone in Britain has heard this expression, but it seems Mauricio Pochettino is one of a minority in and around the world of football who understands what it means and gets on with it. Calm and rational, that’s quite a combination.


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