Alderweireld raves about Pochettino’s big plus at Tottenham

Toby Alderweireld

The Tottenham Hotspur defender has been discussing his side's recent progress.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld has praised the way in which the north London side's defence and midfield are now working in tandem - which he says is the biggest positive for head coach Mauricio Pochettino right now, according to London 24.

Indeed, the 26-year-old was impressed with the cohesion and work-rate shown during Tottenham's 4-1 win over Manchester City, while he also feels the White Hart Lane outfit are improving throughout the season thanks to more hard work on the training ground.

The Tottenham centre-back told London 24: "The defenders and even the midfielders, they worked so hard for us [v City] and it makes it easy when we work as a team and compete as a team, that’s very important.

"We are training hard for that and trying to improve our game. We have young talent in the group and it doesn’t always go well but now I think everybody’s doing better and better in every game and we play as a team. We know how to defend, we know how to attack. I think that’s a big plus for the manager so we are improving and that’s important."

Dier is the key

A huge factor behind what Alderweireld is describing, of course, is the emergence of Eric Dier in central midfield.

Last season, the Spurs defender impressed at centre-back and did his best while being asked to play a right-back position that was slightly awkward for him.

This term, though, it appears Pochettino has found the ideal position for the 21-year-old, with Dier impressing in midfield and being able to put his knowledge of the defensive side of things to good use, as well.

For now, it's a question of how long Tottenham's form will last and how well they will bounce back if they face a bump in the road.

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