Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has explained to FourFourTwo the biggest impact Mauricio Pochettino has had on him personally as well as the rest of the team.
Mason has flourished under Pochettino’s guidance this season and looks as though he’ll be one of the first choice midfielders at the club for next year.
He’s explained the positive impact that the Argentine has had at the club, as he’s made changes throughout the season.
“He’s been great because he’s given the lads a chance when they deserve it - You feel very trusted by the manager so you put so much in on the training pitch, and we have a manager who gives you credit for that,” he said.
“If we get the rare week where we have no game, he'll work us very hard, including double sessions - I also think he’s worked us very hard mentally and that's working too.”
Players are likely to give that little bit extra in intense training sessions if they feel there is an end product at the end of the hard work.
Pochettino has shown throughout this season that he’s not afraid to throw younger players in at the deep end and that helps to raise performance levels through training sessions and during key matches.
The development of the fitness side of the game shouldn’t be a surprise because of the high press and high energy Pochettino likes Tottenham to play with.
For Spurs to constantly press their opposition when they don’t have the ball can be draining physically, but it’s something which allows them to turn defence into attack quickly, while maintaining their own pressure.