Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has hailed the impact new manager Mauricio Pochettino has had on the club since arriving from Southampton this summer.
Spurs got off to a solid start to their season under Pochettino, beating West Ham United 1-0 and Queens Park Rangers 4-0 in their opening two Premier League games, while also defeating AEL Limassol 5-1 on aggregate in their Europa League playoff-tie.
The side suffered a setback on Sunday, losing 3-0 at home to Liverpool, but Vertonghen believes they can make an immediate recovery under the leadership of the Argentine, who he sees as the ideal man for the job at White Hart Lane.
‘We started well and won in Europe,’ he said. ‘Things were positive before the Liverpool game but we had a little setback there and didn’t play very well. I just think they were the better team to be honest.
‘We want to bounce back next week and I think we have the team to do that. We’re working very hard. Mauricio Pochettino is a very good trainer and works extremely hard.
‘He’s doing a lot of individual and video work with me and I love working with him. He’s very punctual and likes all the little details.’
Spurs made headlines for their spending in the transfer market last summer, following the £85 million sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, splashing out around £105 million on Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches.
Few of those names impressed under Andre Villas-Boas, and later Tim Sherwood, but the likes of Capoue and Lamela have looked revitalised so far this season, and Vertonghen believes that’s down to Pochettino’s coaching.
‘If you see what’s happening now with Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, they’re all doing extremely well,’ he added. ‘I hope he can continue getting the best out of them because it’s working.’