Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood on one area Pochettino must change

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Tottenham Hotspur have started to impress under Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino led his side to a 2-1 victory over Everton, registering two successive wins to move the North London club into the top half of the table.

The Lilywhites can further prove their ability on Wednesday evening, with a strong performance against league leaders Chelsea maybe doing enough to become the first side to defeat the Stamford Bridge club this season.

What is most noticeable across the victories over Hull and Everton is the similarities in the starting XI, and it appears as if the Argentine coach is starting to discover his best first-team. The opening weeks of the season were characterised by an insatiable desire to rotate the squad, and, although Pochettino’s system requires a high energy squad - something many complained about amongst the Spurs ranks - it never allowed him to bring stability to his team.

While changing attackers and midfielders may not cost the side too much, Pochettino regularly altered the defensive unit, meaning that his system was regularly disrupted - making the defenders highly culpable to commit mistakes.

However, this change has been reduced in recent weeks, with just one alteration shown between the games with Hull and Everton. Eric Dier was dropped at right-back for Vlad Chiriches, and it is likely the Romanian international will remain at full-back for the tie at Stamford Bridge. The performance put in by the defensive unit was undoubtedly the best shown this season, and fans will be hoping that Pochettino continues to keep faith in what appears to be his first-choice back-line.

Many are pleased that he has started to impose himself, and former Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood believes that keeping a solid starting XI is vital in any success the Lilywhites may achieve.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Sherwood - who spent the second half of last season in caretaker charge of Spurs - said: “They’re certainly fresh, the players, because he likes to rotate them around.

“Everyone’s got their own ideas, and I think the rotation is good. But not on the back-four or the goalkeeper - like Chelsea show.”

However, Sherwood did admit that the rotation has been forced on Pochettino is some instances, with injuries and suspensions costing the stability.

The former Blackburn man added: “He has had a couple of injures so he has had to jig it around, and possibly - looking at the Everton game - he may have stumbled across his best XI.”

Spurs travel to Chelsea this evening, with the rotating squad of Pochettino facing the incredibly settled Blues side. It is no surprise to see Sherwood cite Jose Mourinho’s selection of his defensive unit as the style to take inspiration from - with the Blues still undefeated on their search for the Premier League trophy.

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