Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink
It is now just over a month since Leicester City were confirmed as Premier League champions as Tottenham Hotspur threw away a 2-0 lead against Chelsea to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge – and hand The Foxes an unexpected title win.
The way Spurs’ season capitulated near the end of the campaign was certainly worrying and in the end Mauricio Pochettino’s men ended up finishing the season in third – behind local rivals Arsenal.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
The Tottenham boss spoke to Espacio Reservado this week, as reported by ADSLZONE, about that end of season capitulation and believes the team’s youth and their risky style of play was to blame for the way the season ended:
"I think we are brave and risky. A team is a reflection of its coaching staff, I think that goes with my character. It's something I learned many years ago under Marcelo Bielsa.
“We are the youngest team in the Premier League. This experience will serve us well. Playing well is not easy, but we failed. We lacked competition in those key moments that make champions.”
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He did however go on to concede that Leicester had been the better team in the campaign and deserved to win the title:
"Leicester competed better. With a philosophy contrary to ours but equally valid. I congratulate them.
“After 38 games the best always wins. This season is proof that in England, the Premier League, anything can happen. Is the most competitive league.”
Pochettino will of course be looking to improve in the transfer market this summer but the players already at his disposal will also mature another year.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and their players look dejected after defeat
The experience of the 2015-16 campaign and, for many of them, a first major international tournament, should put Spurs in good stead for the start of next season – where once again Pochettino will be hoping to fight for the title.