Pochettino must learn to adapt or risk becoming the next Ardiles at Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino should learn from Ossie Ardiles's time in charge at White Hart Lane.

Back in 1993 Tottenham Hotspur had a manager whose passion for attacking football was clear for all to see.

Under their former player Ossie Ardiles, Spurs played with the attitude that if you score three, we will score four, with times when up to five forwards were in the starting line-up.

Needless to say it did not lead to great success – although it did make for some hugely entertaining encounters – but Tottenham finished that season 15th in the Premier League, having scored 54 times but conceded on 59 occasions.

Last weekend, Tottenham fans saw another back-and-forth match that ended 4-3 to their side, which begs the question: Is manager Mauricio Pochettino the new Ardiles?

After all, Spurs’ gung-ho attitude has been seen a few times this season, and while it is admirable to encourage your side to attack, it is also vital that the defence holds firm.

Were it not for an own-goal and a late penalty, Tottenham could easily have lost Saturday’s encounter with the Foxes. And without Harry Kane’s hat-trick, they would not have stood a chance.

It is not enough to rely on a single player, no matter how good that player is, and Pochettino must put more work into ensuring his defence is solid moving forward.

This summer it is vital Tottenham sign an experienced, quality centre-back and another defensive midfielder accustomed to stemming attacks with the ease that only the greatest in their position are capable of.

There are players out there like that; Morgan Schneiderlin for one; and while Tottenham are going to finish far higher than 15th and have not yet taken to using five forwards at once, Pochettino needs to temper his love for the attacking game if his side are to build on what – we must remember – has been a very impressive campaign with a blossoming squad.

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