Peter Crouch backs Mauricio Pochettino to succeed at Tottenham

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The former Spurs striker has stated that the North London club have regressed in recent years, but feels the future is bright.

Former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has stated that the North London club have regressed in recent years, but told talkSPORT that he believes that Mauricio Pochettino is the man to revive their fortunes.

The former England international played in an excellent Spurs side that featured in the Champions League in 2010-11, but the White Hart Lane faithful have not tasted action in Europe’s top tournament since.

There has been major changes at Tottenham since Crouch departed, with a number of new managers striving to replicate the feats of Harry Redknapp.

Crouch has reminisced about his time at White Hart Lane and admitted that he believes Spurs are not as strong now, but has backed Pochettino to work with the squad and improve the collective.

“The side I played in was fantastic we had some amazing players, and I think they have gone backwards since then – it’s pretty obvious to say that,” Crouch told talkSPORT.

“A lot of those players have moved on for whatever reason, and they’ve tried to replace them with foreign players – players who perhaps don’t know the league as well as the players I played with.

“There’s been a couple of changes in management as well, so it’s not as settled there as it was when I was at the club.

“But I like the manager [Mauricio Pochettino] and I think he will get it right. They’ve got a young side and maybe it will take time to get back there.”

Spurs have ambitions of finishing in the top four this season and have amassed nine points so far after winning their last two games.

A big test lies in wait for Pochettino’s men this weekend, as league leaders Manchester City travel to White Hart Lane for an exciting clash.

Crouch scored the goal against City that secured qualification to the Champions League back in his Spurs days, but Tottenham have an awful record against the Etihad Stadium outfit since.

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