Friday, April 20, 2018

Premier League clubs should adopt Pochettino’s approach at Spurs

The Argentine has impressed with Tottenham

The Argentine has impressed with Tottenham /Image via

Tottenham Hotspur have been one of the most impressive Premier League clubs so far in the new season.

Alongside Leicester City the White Hart Lane outfit have been producing fantastic displays and inspiring performances, which have put them in fourth place in the standings with solid chances of UEFA Champions League football next year.

Tottenham’s rise can be greatly attributed to their manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has managed to find the right balance in the team and create fantastic team spirit which led to great results.

Spurs have been the most efficient side in the Premiership so far with their 39 goals and fans are delighted with their team’s brave, attack-oriented football.


Mauricio Pochettino has a young group of men at his disposal and the numbers show that Tottenham’s current squad has got the youngest squad of all Premier League clubs. The average age of 24.5 offers more of a reason to be impressed with Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Leader of the young wave has definitely been the 19-year-old Dele Alli.

Spurs midfielder has signed the new contract on Tuesday and will remain at White Hart Lane until the summer of 2021. This young lad arrived to Tottenham last summer, having agreed the move 12 months earlier when he was immediately loaned back to his former club MK Dons.

Dele Alli’s impressive displays in Pochettino’s team have earned him the senior cap from England boss Roy Hodgson and the young Tottenham midfielder has been properly rewarded for his impressive development.


Pochettino’s confidence in talented young men has been a breakthrough in the model which was followed for many years back in the Premier League.

The Argentine tactician’s decision to rely on players that are yet to establish themselves in one of the most demanding football competitions on the continent has come as a surprise to usual dealings from the top four clubs, who invest a great deal of money to forge competitive squads in their bids for silverware.

Unlike Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, Tottenhem Hotspur have altered their policy in most recent years and have given Pochettino complete freedom in team management.

Pochettino has provided England with excellent foundation as Tottenham boast no less than 12 domestic players all playing important part in the first team of White Hart Lane’ club.


Another impressive aspect of Mauricio Pochettino’s influence on Tottenham’s play has been his tactical diversity.

One of the first things that stands out is Tottenham’s new-found fluidity in the attack, with all of the players equally taking part in pressing the rivalling back line, creating space for Harry Kane, whose rise to prominence has come analogous to his club’s continued progression.

Mauricio Pochettino has been tactically demanding, which has been most evident through his 4-3-2-1 system with Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane up front.

The quartet of Spurs’ players has been asked to interchange position and offer great versatility and flexibility in the final third.

A wanted man

Mauricio Pochettino’s impressive charge of Tottenham has made him one of the latest candidates linked as a replacement for Manchester United under pressure manager Louis van Gaal.

The Argentine tactician is a popular choice, but the Tottenham seniors are unwilling to let him go as they are more than pleased with his work.

Spurs remain in contention to win two trophies this season, FA Cup and Europa League, while they also have good chance of reaching the UEFA Champions League football. In fact, Tottenham stand at 4/9 to finish the season within the top four and secure their spot in Europe’s elite competition.

Pochettino himself remains dedicated to Tottenham’s cause and it is highly unlikely that he could accept the possible offer from the Old Trafford club.

Unusual methods

In addition to his fantastic tactical and technical qualities, it is his unusual and unorthodox methods that have also made him the fan favourite.

Another sign of a great atmosphere and positive team spirit is definitely Mauricio Pochettino’s promise to serenade supporters in a duet with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy if Spurs manage to win a trophy this season.

Spurs’ latest silverware came in 2008 when they defeated Chelsea to win the League Cup and Tottenham was close to repeating the feat last season, when they lost to the Blues in the final.

However, Mauricio Pochetino’s promising time in charge has offered plenty of reason to suggest that the title drought could soon be over.

Can Pochettino bring the trophies back to White Hart Lane?


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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