Tottenham full surprise
Pochettino says he is building ‘a very nice project’ at the Spurs
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.”