Stats: How does Spurs' start under Pochettino compare to a year ago?

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Tottenham Hotspur have started the new season in relatively good form, but how does their start under Mauricio Pochettino compare to 12 months ago?

Tottenham have picked up seven points from their first four games under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, and yesterday's 2-2 draw at Sunderland will have disappointed the Argentine coach as his side had numerous chances to win the game.

He guided Spurs to two straight wins in their opening fixtures against West Ham and Queens Park Rangers but a 3-0 loss to Liverpool and yesterday's draw mean the side must improve if they are to better last year's disappointing campaign.

Andre Villas-Boas was in charge 12 months ago and he led the team to three wins in their opening four fixtures, with a 1-0 loss at Arsenal the only slip up in what was a solid start.

The Lilywhites had scored four in four under AVB last season, conceding just one goal but they couldn't maintain their defensive solidarity throughout the course of the season.

Pochettino has made Tottenham more of an attacking threat and they have scored seven in four so far, but have conceded five in that time, and the former Southampton manager will be keen to see improvements from his defence having rebuilt the back-line over the summer.

 2013/14 PointsGoalsGoals ConcededClean SheetTotal Scoring Att / playedAccurate Pass / playedPossession PercentageWon Tackle / playedPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 9 4 1 3 19.00 454.00 57.50 14.50 4
 2014/15 PointsGoalsGoals ConcededClean SheetTotal Scoring Att / playedAccurate Pass / playedPossession PercentageWon Tackle / playedPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 7 7 5 2 12.50 490.75 60.25 18.50 4

Spurs are two points worse off after four games than they were at the same stage last season, but they have certainly improved in some key areas.

Tottenham have made more accurate passes per game and had a higher possession percentage than they managed under AVB a year ago, whilst also winning more tackles per game too.

However, despite the fact that Spurs have scored more goals in four games this season, they were recording more shots per game a year ago.

Pochettino has made the side more entertaining to watch, but they will need to get back to winning ways if they are to improve on last year's sixth-place finish.

Spurs host West Brom next Sunday before a trip to Arsenal awaits and Pochettino will hope to improve the backline after seeing his side concede five in two.

 

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