Mauricio Pochettino frustrated with Tottenham Hotspur's defenders

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has been left frustrated at his side's defending over the course of the 2014/15 campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has expressed a desire to improve the side's defence next season in the Daily Express.

Spurs have been particularly porous this season - conceding as many goals (53) as already relegated Burnley over the course of the campaign so far - and Pochettino knows that is an area they need to improve.

“This is a little bit of a shame because we are fifth [in the scoring standings] because we score a lot of goals but we are fifth from bottom in the goals we concede,” said Pochettino.

“We need to find this balance, we need to be more consistent because in the way that we played, we are offensive, we score a lot of goals.

“We have three players with more than 10 goals. I think we are the only team [to do that] as we have Harry Kane, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen. Not Chelsea, not Arsenal, not another team have three players [in double figures].

“But we need to find this balance better offensively and defensively, and we need to improve a lot in our defensive situation.”

Pochettino's system demands that Spurs play with high-line and press opposition teams high up the pitch, but certain players in their current squad have struggled to cope.

There have been times when the system has been effective, but on other occasions their deficiencies have been exposed.

There are number of defenders in Tottenham's squad who have visibly had difficulty adapting to the tactics, and Pochettino is likely to have to make additions in this area over the summer.

Spurs have shown glimpses of quality this term, but they are still some way short of the quality required to make it into the top-four and their recruitment will need to be successful if they are to make a better attempt of getting in the Champions League places next season.

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