Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is determined to stick to his principles in spite of the club's underwhelming start to the season.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated his desire to continue following his footballing philosophy, and prioritizes its implementation above results, in quotes published by the Telegraph.
'It is not always the team who plays the best that wins the game but we need to work hard and change the dynamic and win games. I think to win games you need to be consistent and play in the way you want to play. You need to show your philosophy', said the Argentine.
'If you play bad and you win, that is not good for your future, you can achieve more by playing with your philosophy'.
It’s a brave stance to take in the notoriously fickle football world, but would suggest a manager who is confident he has the backing of the Spurs hierarchy for the foreseeable future.
His debut season saw the former Southampton manager guide Tottenham to an impressive 5th place finish with a squad he clearly wasn’t happy with.
This year will be the acid test as the Argentine looks to secure a top four finish, and/or silverware after a summer of upheaval at the Lane.
Much of those deemed surplus to requirements have been shipped out - with the likes of Roberto Soldado and Paulinho shown the exit - while quality additions better suited to Pochettino's system, in the form of Toby Alderweireld and Heung-Min Son, have been drafted in.
The final few hours of the transfer window could yet see more arrivals, with a late bid for Saido Berahino a possibility – according to the the Mirror – and an offer reportedly on the table for Belgian international Axel Witsel.