The Pochettino stat Spurs fans will wish they never saw

Three games without a win have turned Mauricio Pochettino's start to life at Tottenham Hospur on its head.

How quickly things change in football.

Two games into Mauricio Pochettino's reign as Spurs boss, there was genuine optimism in north London that the Argentine could buck the trend of recent managerial failures at White Hart Lane.

But a 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool soon spoiled the mood, before Tottenham dropped points at Sunderland during a game they should have won. Then, West Brom came to the capital and beat Pochettino's side with ease, leaving fans grateful that they only won by a solitary goal.

The sum total after five games? Only Glenn Hoddle has made a worse start as Spurs boss than the 42-year-old since 2001.

Indeed, the statistic appeared in the London Evening Standard earlier this week, detailing the fact that, of Tottenham's eight managers in 13 years, Pochettino has made the second-worst start at White Hart Lane, winning just seven points from five games. Hoddle won six, while Martin Jol, Juande Ramos, Harry Redknapp, Andre Villas-Boas, Tim Sherwood and even Jacques Santini won more.

  Average PossessionGoalsGoals ConcededClean SheetPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 60.20% 7 6 2 5

As Opta stats show, Spurs have scored only seven goals in their first five games and conceded six, keeping two clean sheets.

That all comes despite having the lion's share of possession in their Premier League clashes, however.

It is, of course, too soon to panic but Pochettino's debut season at Tottenham looks as though it won't come without its hardships. Perhaps an encouraging statistic is that Sherwood won four and drew one of his first five games - but was sacked at the end of last season.

The conclusion there would be that Pochettino's record in his first five games may not matter at all if the Argentine can deliver in the long term. Spurs fans will certainly hope so, anyway.

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