Jermaine Jenas says Pochettino’s Tottenham team are built for European football

Tottenham are hoping to break back into the Champions League this season.

Spurs are hoping to enjoy a successful domestic season, with Champions League qualification the main aim, and Jermaine Jenas has told Yahoo that he believes this Tottenham team are already made to be a success in Europe.

Jenas said: “I think this Spurs side is built to go further in European competition [than previous sides]. Players like [Christian] Eriksen and Harry Kane can also grow by playing in Europe’s top competition.”

Jenas was relating this Spurs side to the one he was part of under Harry Redknapp, when Tottenham last made it to the Champions League.

The North London club impressed in Europe’s premier competition, but they relied on attacking flair and an offensive mentality far too much. They were never going to be considered a serious team due to their defensive weaknesses, and they more than overachieved by getting out of their group in the Champions League.

However, Mauricio Pochettino has changed Tottenham since he was appointed head coach, removing their usual clumsiness and creating a new team who are defensively solid.

They game plan is based on overpowering the opposition, and pressing high up the pitch, but this is based on a defensive ideal rather than an attacking view.

Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela bring attacking flair to the team, but they are all focused upon defensive work, and every player who is at White Hart Lane this season looks to have bought into Pochettino’s ethic.

It is an exciting time for Spurs fans, and whilst getting back into the Champions League is the main aim, there is real belief that they can actually achieve some level of success when they get back into Europe’s top competition.

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