Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen admits struggles with Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics

Christian Eriksen admits that the Tottenham Hotspur players have failed to grasp manager Mauricio Pochettino’s ideas on occasions.

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen has admitted that he and his teammates have been struggling with manager Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics.

Much was expected of the Argentine when he was appointed the Spurs boss in the summer, but things have not gone according to plan.

Despite their last-gasp 2-1 victory over 10-man Hull City away from home in the Premier League on Sunday, Tottenham remain a team that has yet to fully convince.

Eriksen’s form has not exactly been great, with suggestions rife that the Denmark international has been struggling with Pochettino’s style of football.

The former Ajax star has now admitted that, but insists that the players are getting better.

“I think we are getting better,” The London Evening Standard quotes the 22-year-old as saying. “We are getting used to his training and how he wants us to play in the games, but of course there are times when it doesn’t connect at all.

“Overall, I think we’re doing the right thing and adapting in the right way. You need to know what your team-mates will be doing, and that is an area we need to improve.”

Eriksen has only admitted what everyone who has watched Tottenham knew all along. Pochettino’s tactics are different to that of his predecessors Tim Sherwood and Andre Villas-Boas, and it was always going to take some time for players to grasp his strategy.

As a matter of fact, the Tottenham players still need to acclimatise to Pochettino’s way of playing and it could still take some time.

What is crucial is that Spurs win games despite not playing well. At the moment the North London outfit are 10th in the Premier League table with 17 points from 12 matches, just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

Tottenham really cannot afford to slip up.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch