Mauricio Pochettino says he does not want Tottenham to be like other European giants

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at...

Tottenham Hotspur cemented their place among the current European elite with a famous win over Real Madrid in midweek.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid shake hands following the game at the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham...

Tottenham fans were still basking in the relative glory of coming away from Madrid with a point two weeks ago.

But Spurs went one better as they sent a message out to the rest of Europe with an emphatic 3-1 win over the current Champions League holders Real on what will go down as a famous night in the club's history.

Mauricio Pochettino has turned Spurs into genuine Premier League title contenders and one of the elite teams in Europe.

The North Londoners also have their new 61,000 seater stadium on the horizon as the club goes from strength to strength.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match...

But Pochettino has told L'Equipe why he doesn't want the club to be like other European giants Barcelona and Ajax and have one single identity from the academy through to the first team.

"No (I don't want us to be like Ajax or Barca) because I believe in the process of training, we must concentrate on player potential," Pochettino told L'Equipe.

"We cannot put them into a system. Because the first team plays in a certain way, should we repeat the same setup with kids of 14 and 15 years old? No! I don’t want to create a ‘Tottenham profile’.

"I want to give young footballers the possibility to take in as much as possible, to be able to work with different football philosophies.

"We want to train well-rounded players who can adjust to any situations at the top level. On the other hand, it’s not the same thing when talking about values – being professional, disciplined, having the sense of belonging – such characteristics which make up the identity of the club.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino awaits kick off in the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in...

"These are what I want to instil. But if we’re talking about technical aspects, I respect those who want to put this in place but it’s not my approach."

It is an interesting approach from Pochettino and gives an insight into how his managerial mind works.

Respected Spanish pundit Guillem Balague has remarked how much energy Pochettino invests in Spurs and that he takes the time to get to know each individual player.

It's no wonder then that with those principals and his philosophy towards training that Spurs have been such a success story since his arrival.

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