Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pochettino: Spurs must be fearless and take risks

Pochettino: Spurs must be fearless and take risks

A few weeks ago, the Argentine questioned his own future at the club, as if he couldn't achieve all he wants to in North London.

After the loss on April 21, he opened stated the club needed more time to create a winning mentality with or without him.

The north Londoners, who were already assured of Champions League football next season, secured their third successive top-three Premier League finish by edging a insane nine-goal thriller against Leicester.

"In my opinion I don't think they are".

It was a surprising change of tone from the Spurs manager, who just a fortnight ago insisted the club would continue with the current project for the foreseeable future - with or without him at the helm. They are capable of competing at the top of the English game.

Pochettino has been widely praised for breaking into the top four on a consistent basis, but insists much more needs to be done if he is to lift his first trophy as a coach next season.

The 18-year-old has developed in to one of the best young defensive talents in Europe having starred for Ajax last season and he's already a regular with the Dutch national team. They didn't regress, but no great progress was made, at least in the Premier League. "Mentally that's a big step we need to go forward". At least, that's Pochettino's view.

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"If we want to be real contenders for big, big trophies, we need to review a little", Pochettino said.

"And maybe now we are a bit disappointed and frustrated as we're close". You need to be courageous.

"You need to be fearless in this kind of situation, in our club with our unbelievable fans, and take risks".

Spurs, meanwhile, are moving into their new stadium for the 2018-19 campaign and are on an upward curve in the Champions League as they look to become regulars in the competition. That might be hard for him to swallow.

"When you have a manager that you know has faith in you, it gives you confidence".

Alderweireld's contractual situation is well documented, with the 29-year-old seeking a substantial pay rise that would reflect his status as arguably the best central defender in the Premier League.

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