Pochettino arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer, leaving high-flying Southampton for the North London club.
Expected to challenge the top four, as well as fight for the latter stages of the Europa League, the Argentine coach struggled in his opening weeks in the job. A poor run of form at home saw his training methods criticised - by both players and management - and, although progressing well in Europe, a stuttering start in the Premier League had Pochettino seemingly under pressure.
However, a run of five games without defeat - and just one defeat in nine - has seen the Lilywhites move well into the top half of the table, and stake a real claim for European qualification. The criticisms of Pochettino’s fitness training regime have disappeared - with the benefits really being felt - and it looks as if his appointment is being regarded very positively in North London.
Whilst still struggling with goalscoring, the defensive side of the game appears to be sorted at White Hart Lane, and, for a club renowned for their inability to defend in recent seasons, the Argentine coach should be praised for his work. With just 24 goals conceded in 19 games, Spurs look well to set to continue their ascent up the table, and there is one key area in which Pochettino has massively improved the North London club.
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Last season, Spurs committed an amazingly high tally of 21 individual errors leading to a goal scored by the opposition - by far the highest in the Premier League. Having conceded 51 goals, an incredible 41.2% of the goals they conceded were scored due to errors in the defence.
However, Pochettino has by far improved that tally, with just three goals conceded this year being from individual errors with half the season gone. Should they continue at the same rate - which is not likely considering the improvement in the Spurs ranks - they would still only register six by the end on the campaign. With 24 goals conceded so far, a negligible 12.5% of them have been from individual errors - and Pochettino’s fitness work seems to have improved full match conditioning with his players no longer wearing out as games come to close.
The coach should be praised for the work he has done at White Hart Lane, with Spurs looking a much better team than they were at the opening of the campaign, and his focus upon improving a new-look defence has been key to that. Having been cost by personal errors so often last season, the Lilywhites finally look to have a coach creating a well-worked team, and that can bring nothing but success to the North London club.