Christian Eriksen: Pochettino wants Tottenham to have a smaller playing squad

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Tottenham star Eriksen believes that Pochettino would rather have a smaller playing squad than the one he has now.

Speaking to Borsen.dk, Danish playmaker Eriksen has admitted that Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino would actually prefer a smaller playing squad than the one he already possesses.

Eriksen said: “We have a really great squad, but I think that the coach would rather have a slightly smaller squad. And it is he who decides who should be in and out.”

That is a surprising statement for Eriksen to make, with Tottenham’s squad already fairly small, and the need to cope in four competitions taking it out of his frequently selected players.

Pochettino plays a style of football that is incredibly physical, and Spurs benefited early in the campaign with their ability to outlast opponents, as seen by their high number of late goals scored.

However, this came to haunt them later in the season, as the same players were clearly fatigued and could not cope with the retained high-pressuring of their opponents.

Next season, Spurs want to improve, and will need to seriously challenge for the top four, as well as for the Europa League and the two domestic cups. To do this, whilst playing high intensity football, it would make sense for Pochettino to want a bigger playing squad.

However, Eriksen is not so sure, and with the midfielder confirming that the Argentine coach is also in control of transfers, it would come as no surprise to see Spurs possess an even small playing squad next term.

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