Tottenham Hotspur star Kyle Walker on Mauricio Pochettino's managerial approach

The England international is fully supportive of the Argentine's methods.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has praised manager Mauricio Pochettino for his man-management skills and for bringing the squad’s fitness levels to new heights.

Spurs have covered more distance than their opponents in the vast majority of games this season, in what is clear evidence of hard work in pre-season paying off.

The Argentine’s insistence on a high intensity, pressing game has been a major component in the measure of control the Lilywhites have had in most games this season, and Walker is fully behind the approach.

“I think the statistics show that: we outrun teams,” he said, in an interview with talkSPORT.

“And it’s better for us because we’re a young team. The more experienced players probably couldn’t handle what we do, so it’s lucky we haven’t got too many old heads.”

Pochettino’s Southampton team was filled with hungry, young players willing to buy into his philosophy and he has now created the same environment at Spurs.

“He’s one of those managers whose door is always open,” added Walker.

“I know a lot of managers say that, but his really is. If you’ve got a problem in football, or even outside of it, you can always go and talk to him. Those man-management skills are vital for young players like we have. It’s critical to develop the squad, but we also need to develop as individuals.”

Walker has been one of the Spurs players to benefit most from Pochettino’s arrival and he has found himself back in the England set up after putting his injury troubles and inconsistencies behind him.

Many thought Kieran Trippier’s arrival this summer would spell trouble for the 25-year old but he has responded well and left no one in any doubt as to who Tottenham’s first-choice right-back is.

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