Tottenham's 1-0 win over Southampton on Sunday means that former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has earned three wins from his first seven games in charge of Spurs, leaving the club in sixth place with 11 points. Defeats to Liverpool and West Brom have been disappointing, but Pochettino's start has been fairly impressive so far.
With three wins, two draws and two defeats, it's fair to say that the Argentine's spell in charge hasn't quite clicked as well as he'd want to yet, and midfielder Mousa Dembele has admitted that the squad still need time to click under Pochettino's methods.
"Sometimes we still need to find our way but there are games when we have played very well such as Sunderland away and at Arsenal, as well as a few games more but we can still do better than this," said Dembele. "It’s always something new when a new manager is in but we are in a good way and we are confident. The manager has spoken with everyone individually since he came here about aspects of our game."
Dembele has been something of a bit-part player under Pochettino so far, with the former Espanyol boss choosing to use Etienne Capoue and Ryan Mason in midfield, and the Belgian international admitted that it's been a frustrating start to the season for him despite having played well against Sunderland.
"You want to play every game, so it’s a normal thing. This year I hoped I was going to play but then I have struggled with my ankle. If you don’t play, it’s not fun, of course," said the ex-Fulham midfielder.
Despite saying that the squad are still learning to play under Pochettino, Dembele says that Tottenham are aiming for a top four finish this season - despite the presence of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
"How can we do this season? We want to finish as high as possible, so that is the top four, of course," Dembele revealed.