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Pochettino - 'I'll employ different philosophy at ‘bigger club’ Spurs'

The new Tottenham boss touched on a different way of going about things than he used at Southampton.

The style of play Mauricio Pochettino implemented at Southampton undoubtedly played a large part in his hiring at Spurs, a side historically associated with skilful, exciting, attacking football.

Another feature of Pochettino's reign at the Saints was his ability to bring through talented young players from the youth teams, seamlessly settling them in the first team with minimal fuss.

In Seattle yesterday, ahead of Tottenham's friendly game against the city's MLS side, the 42-year-old answered questions on a number of topics, including whether he will seek to employ a similar style and philosophy to what he encouraged at St Mary's.

But, as was always likely to be the case, Pochettino made a point of saying the two clubs and squads are very different.

"We have a different squad [to Southampton], said the Argentine. "I believe it's a different team, different club. Tottenham are a bigger club. 

"We need to win, but not only win, we need to create a good philosophy

"Our idea, our philosophy is to practice exciting football, pressing, attacking football.

"At the moment, we are at the start of the season and we are very happy with the players, they are magnificent professionals."

With the expensively assembled group of players already present at White Hart Lane, there will be less need for the former Espanyol manager to look to his youth teams, with the focus instead on getting the seasoned pros following his directions.

Going on to discuss the club's targets ahead of the new season, Pochettino adopted a cautious approach to begin with, with the emphasis on getting the team playing in the desired way, before admitting that playing well and winning games, things that didn't go hand in hand for large points of last season, were also important for Spurs.

"Our target for the moment is to provide a team and philosophy, and improve our style - we have an unbelievable squad and unbelievable players.

"We know Tottenham are a big club, always you need to play well, you need to win.

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