Tot­ten­ham full sur­prise

Po­chet­tino says he is build­ing ‘a very nice pro­ject’ at the Spurs

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY BEN GROUNDS /

Spurs are the only top flight af­ter record­ing a com­fort­able 2-0 win over Manch­ester City at White Hart Lane be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break.

There is a wave of op­ti­mism swirling around Hot­spur af­ter five con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries in all com­pe­ti­tions, and while many on­look­ers saw the win over Pep Guardi­ola’s side as be­ing a po­ten­tial sem­i­nal mo­ment for this hugely tal­ented squad, Po­chet­tino is not get­ting car­ried away with talk of another ti­tle as­sault.

Tot­ten­ham boss Mau­rico Po­chet­tino is keep­ing his feet grounded de­spite a promis­ing start

Speak­ing to the BBC’s Pre­mier League Show, the former Southamp­ton man­ager said: “It’s dif­fi­cult for me, I think it’s too early (to speak of the ti­tle). I think we are build­ing a very nice pro­ject and a very nice team.

“I think that we are in a mo­ment where we need to be­lieve and show that we are ca­pa­ble to man­age big things, big games. I also think it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to show we are in the right way. I only think we need time.

“We are very young, we have a young squad but I think if you play with the pas­sion that we play and you show the qual­ity that we showed against Manch­ester City, all is pos­si­ble.

“But I think it’s too early. I can un­der­stand our fans feel proud and are start­ing to see that maybe this sea­son it is Tot­ten­ham’s Dele Alli in ac­tion with ManCity’s Pablo Za­baleta and Fer­nand­inho.

pos­si­ble to achieve big things.’

Tot­ten­ham came close to win­ning their first English league ti­tle in 55 years dur­ing the 2015-16 sea­son, but they ul­ti­mately fell 10 points short of Le­ices­ter in their his­toric cam­paign.

Harry Kane’s sub­se­quent fail­ings in front of goal for Eng­land at Euro 2016 added weight to the claims that Spurs suf­fered from burn-out dur­ing the ti­tle run-in, which even­tu­ally saw Arse­nal fin­ish above them in sec­ond.

Po­chet­tino, how­ever, be­lieves his side were ul­ti­mately un­done by a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence - and he is try­ing to in­still into his play­ers the same sense of en­joy­ment which took Le­ices­ter all the way.

“I think it was an ex­pe­ri­ence that we must learn from,’ he added. ‘It wasn’t a phys­i­cal prob­lem, it was men­tal. When you lose fo­cus, it is im­pos­si­ble to move your body. The most im­por­tant thing is to try to trans­late the mes­sage that we al­ways need to make sure we en­joy.”

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