Pochettino explains main idea behind his philosophy for this season

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wants his team to control games all season.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino told talkSPORT that he feels the club played to their philosophy in their opening game of the Premier League season against Manchester United.

Spurs lost the game 1-0 after a Kyle Walker own goal, as he looked to put striker Wayne Rooney under pressure in front of his own goal.

It was a difficult performance to watch for most Tottenham fans after the good chance missed by Christian Eriksen and the fact that Spurs controlled large parts of the game against one of the favourites for a top four place.

“I was very disappointed and frustrated with the result but happy with the performance,” he told talkSPORT.

“I wasn’t surprised [by our performance]. We always try to dominate the game, this is our philosophy.”

Some promising signs

The fact that Tottenham controlled large parts of the game against Manchester United is very encouraging.

Simple passing and quick movements made it very difficult for United to get the ball back once Tottenham had started to get on top.

It was also encouraging to see Eriksen maintaining the sort of form he showed throughout the majority of last season.

Some improvements still needed

One thing that hasn’t changed is the need for Tottenham to sign another striker to play alongside Harry Kane or as an alternative for the England man.

United did well to isolate Kane at times during the game and that made it difficult for Spurs when they didn’t have men running forward from midfield.

An extra striker gives Pochettino a Plan B and allows him to try something different or enable a situation where Spurs can be more direct if they are chasing a game.

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