Leeds United and Celtic great Gordon Strachan on Mauricio Pochettino’s first season at Tottenham Hotspur


Leeds United and Celtic great Gordon Strachan highlights a difference that Mauricio Pochettino may have found at Tottenham Hotspur after leaving Southampton.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has highlighted on BT Sport a problem that Mauricio Pochettino may have faced in his first season at Tottenham Hotspur.

Pochettino was appointed the Spurs boss in the summer after he stepped down from his managerial position at Premier League rivals Southampton.

The Argentine was entrusted with the task of leading the North London outfit into the top four of the Premier League this season, but it looks likely that he will fail.

As a matter of fact, there is a good chance that Southampton will finish above Spurs in the league table.

Former Celtic manager Strachan has given his take on the level of success that Pochettino has achieved at Spurs so far this season.

“When he came in Southampton, he could put in his ideas right away because there are not many big heads at the club,” the former Manchester United and Leeds United midfielder told BT Sport.

“When you go to a club like Tottenham, you have a few big heads who might think that this is not for me.

“I think he is getting to the stage where everyone, especially the youngsters, are getting his way of playing. It took him a wee while to get there, but next year you will see the benefits of that.”

It did take Pochettino some time to impose his ideas on the Tottenham players, but it eventually paid off.

Spurs in form were wonderful to watch with their high-pressing game, and although they look to have tailed off in the final weeks of the season, they did for a period of time show what they are capable of.

If Tottenham can keep hold of their key players and maintain their faith in Pochettino in the summer, then next season they will certainly be able to challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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