Three reasons why Tottenham can win the Premier League under Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur are on track for their best domestic finish in the Premier League era. They have played some scintillating football, attacking with flare and defending with power. So why can they win the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino? Lewis Addley explores…

The race to win the Premier League title is more intense with each passing week. There are ten points separating top spot and sixth place. Tottenham Hotspur are sitting in second place, seven points behind leaders Chelsea. Pochettino has shown exactly why Spurs deserve to be regarded as capable of winning the league and his continual improvement of the side since taking over points to glory in the future.

While we aren’t suggesting Spurs are going to win the title this season, albeit possible with plenty of games to play, Pochettino has them on the right track to provide the ultimate domestic silverware. Tottenham have lost just two games in the league this season, the joint lowest, while there is a bit of work to be done to turn draws into wins, Pochettino has his side close to where they need to be.

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So what are three key reasons why Pochettino’s Spurs can win the Premier League?

Respect – The players have shown they respect and trust their manager.

The unity of the Spurs squad is apparent for all to see, there doesn’t appear to be an ego in any player to suggest they’re more important than the team. In the wake of the appeal of moving to China, key figures in the Spurs camp have openly said there is no interest for them. Pochettino questioned players’ willingness to move, while talisman Harry Kane believes his teammates are not interested in big money moves, only achieving success at White Hart Lane.

Contracts – Spurs are tying down their players, not selling them.

The importance of not being seen as a ‘stepping-stone’ undoubtedly helps to keep players long-term. Spurs have given out bumper new contracts to their key players and are continuing to negotiate to get those remaining new deals. Rather than attracting world-class signings who see joining Spurs as a way to advertise themselves in the Premier League, they are able to sign players who want to make it to the highest level at the club.

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Tactics – Pochettino seems to have his tactics spot on.

From front to back the current Tottenham side is incredibly strong and they all appear to understand their role and what’s expected of them. This is an incredibly important feature to create a successful side. Failing to get tactics and player roles right leads to underperforming stars and a team lacking unity, something that can arguably be seen at Manchester City during their transitional period. Pochettino has built a team on the foundations of strength in every position. This makes them a powerful outfit and their run of results is proof continual progression.

Spurs are clearly a club on the rise. Their new stadium is well underway and it is an exciting time to be a part of the club for all involved. So long as they continue to improve, their chance of winning the title will increase. While it is difficult to predict whether they will win the title in the current campaign, given the performance levels of the teams around them, Pochettino has to get his players hungry for success. If Spurs can lift a trophy this season it will give the squad the taste of silverware and it could be the start of golden patch.

Do you think Tottenham can win the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino?

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur 

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Sunday, February 14 – 16:15 GMT (11:15 ET) 

Match Odds: Man City 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Tottenham 5/2

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad on Sunday in a game which could have a huge impact on the race for the Premier League title.

City were destroyed 3-1 last weekend by current league leaders Leicester, a result which could be pivotal in the title race, so need to bounce back and go on a winning run with just 13 league games left to play.

They now sit fourth in the league on 47 points, trailing Spurs, who are second on 48 points, so the intensity is raised even higher for a tie which is usually action-packed.

City know they have to win near on every game from here on in – they are more than capable but players need to step up and start showing why they were signed for such hefty transfer fees.

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Tottenham are in the best position to challenge for the title they’ve been in for some time. Their steady form has paid off and they’ve become a real force – the title is not an unrealistic aim.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side come into this one off the back of their hard-earned 1-0 win over Watford last weekend. They showed great resilience and took all three points, something they may not have done in previous seasons.

Squad quality and performance levels as well as player management from Pochettino have been impressive from Spurs and they should surely finish in the top four now. Although they’ll be aiming higher.

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The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane earlier in the season saw Spurs beat City 4-1 in what was a shock result. The Lilywhites will be hoping to cause another major upset to the Citizens here.

Team News

Manchester City’s injury woes continue. Seven first team players look set to miss out as Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Kevin DeBruyne, Fabian Delph, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna and Eliaquim Mangala are out. Vincent Kompany could return.

Tottenham have just two injury concerns as Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie are sidelined.

Key Points

Manchester City’s last five: D/W/D/W/L

Tottenham’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: There have been more than two goals scored in ten of Manchester City’s last 11 home games in the Premier League.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentine goal-machine has bagged seven in his last six Premier League outings and now has 14 goals in 18 league games this season. He will be expected to provide against a tough Spurs defence he knows how to break down, with ten goals in his last eight against them.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Both sides cannot afford to lose this game. The race for the title is so intense and if results go against these sides this weekend they will find themselves with a mountain to climb to win the league. The game should be packed with attacking action. City would probably be the happier of the two sides with the point considering Spurs’ recent form.

Spurs man puts pressure on Pochettino ahead of next season

Former Seattle Sounders star DeAndre Yedlin has seen little playing time at Tottenham Hotspur so far but admits the club’s post-season tour has been great for him.

Yedlin, 21, has every intention to break into the Spurs squad next season, which will give Mauricio Pochettino selection headaches, as he has more than one option at right-back.

“It’s been an interesting first few months here for me and I see it as a very positive time,” Yedlin told Spurs’ official website. “Obviously I came here to play but I came to learn as well and these six months have been great, I’ve really learnt a lot already.

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“But I’m already excited about next year. It will be a clean slate when we come back, so hopefully I will do well during the international break and I’ll come back flying next season.”

Yedlin made his first appearance for Spurs in their home loss against Aston Villa at the tail end of the 2014/15 Premier League season, but featured more prominently in their recent post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia.

“It’s been a great chance to bond with the team, to see a different side to the players and get to see different cities and cultures.

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“It was really enjoyable to be out here and great to play in both matches. There was a real sense of excitement in the crowds at both matches, it took me back to the feeling we had playing the World Cup in Brazil last summer. It was special.”

Yedlin has high hopes for the coming Premier League season and he will be expecting to feature more as he continues to adapt to the English game. His pace and power give him the ideal qualities to play down the right-hand side and we can expect to see those qualities in the Gold Cup if he is selected for the US Men’s National Team.

The USMNT look to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title on home soil in July. Yedlin could potentially face Honduras, Haita and Panama in the group stage of the competition.

Will we see more of Yedlin next season and will he be an asset for Spurs?

Tottenham’s first summer signing to join in TWO weeks

Tottenham look to have completed their first signing of the summer as Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer is set to join up with the Premier League side in two weeks.

Wimmer has long been linked with a move to White Hart Lane this summer, and although the club have yet to officially confirm the deal, the Daily Mirror have reported it is done.

Spurs will pay around £4 million for the FC Koln centre-back and at 22, he is a player with the potential to be a defensive star.

Wimmer has made 31 Bundesliga appearances this season, helping his side to boast the sixth-best defensive record in Germany’s top flight.

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Paperwork on the deal to take him to Spurs was reportedly completed last week and the player will complete the switch on June 1, though he will not travel with Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for their end of season tours of Australia and Malaysia.

Spurs are expected to have a busy summer as several players are set to leave after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League yet again this season.

Wimmer is looking like he’ll be the first name through the doors at White Hart Lane, and many will likely follow.

Will Kevin Wimmer be a good signing for Tottenham this summer? Is he what the club need?

Harry Kane becomes third Spurs star in four years to win PFA Young Player of the Year award

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been named as the PFA Young Player of the Year after a sensational season has seen him become one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League.

Kane has scored an incredible 30 goals in all competitions this season, with 20 of those coming in the Premier League in 30 appearances.

The young Spurs star becomes the third Tottenham player to scoop the prestigious PFA Young Player award in the past four seasons, following Kyle Walker in 2012 and Gareth Bale in 2013, with Glenn Hoddle the only other Lilywhite to pick up the award back in 1980.

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who picked up the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday, was named as the best young player last season and other notable winners include Ryan Giggs, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas so Kane is in good company.

The 21-year-old Englishman was rewarded for his fine displays in a Spurs shirt by earning a first senior England call up in March, scoring on his debut against Lithuania, and has looked unplayable at times this year.

Mauricio Pochettino has helped Kane develop into a top class forward and the striker hopes that his successes this season can be replicated in the coming years.

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“It is amazing. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family – hopefully the first of many to come,” he said after picking up the award.

“I have got to keep working hard, but to be recognised by your fellow players is something special and it is a night I won’t forget. It is incredible, an incredible feeling.”

Kane was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, and was runner up behind Hazard for the PFA Player of the Year award, summing up what has been an incredible season for the young Spurs hero.

Did Harry Kane deserve to be named as the PFA Young Player of the Year? How important is he for Spurs?

Mauricio Pochettino key to new Spurs man’s arrival

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino is the key reason why Dele Alli has chosen to join Spurs, the young English star has claimed.

The 19-year-old attacker, who joined Spurs from League One side MK Dons in January before returning on loan, has already been named as the Football League’s Young Player of the Year.

Alli has scored 16 goals with six assists in 36 league appearances for MK Dons this season and is viewed as one of English football’s brightest young talents.

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And he has revealed that Pochettino is a key reason behind why he chose to join Spurs, despite interest from a whole host of top clubs.

“MK has got a special place in my heart but obviously I have signed to ­Tottenham,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

“When you go, you don’t want a manager that’s not going to have any trust in young players.

“With Pochettino you can see already he has a lot of faith in youngsters. You need a manager that believes in you and shows that by playing you.”

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That faith has seen English youngsters Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Eric Dier all establish themselves as first-team regulars at Spurs this season, with Kane and Mason both earning their first international call-ups as a result of their performances.

Dele Alli will hope to shine in the Premier League next season but will be focused on trying to earn MK Dons promotion to the Championship first with just one game remaining for the League One side.

Will Dele Alli be a star at Tottenham Hotspur? Will he get a chance next season?

Traditionally poor March could cost Spurs Champions League qualification

Tottenham have had a fairly successful season and optimism was flying high until Sunday’s League Cup Final defeat to Chelsea and elimination from the Europa League against Fiorentina three days earlier dampened the spirits.

Spurs can now solely focus all their attention on trying to secure a top-four Premier League finish as they’re also no longer competing in the FA Cup after they suffered a shock fourth round exit at the hands of Leicester City back in January.

The North London side welcome a Swansea team that will be a tough nut to crack at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night and Mauricio Pochettino has got a big task on his hands to try and motivate the players after such a disappointing week.

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A victory for Spurs in that fixture would go a long way to boosting the morale, but recent history makes for slightly worrying reading for those affiliated with the club.

The month of March has proved a stumbling block for Tottenham in the past, so they will need to improve on recent seasons at this time of year if they are to have any hope of finishing in any of the Champions League slots.

Tottenham’s Premier League results in March since 2011:

Tottenham's form in March

Tottenham have managed just four wins from the 15 games they’ve played in March over the last four seasons, picking up 16 points from a possible 45 available.

As it currently stands, Spurs are six points off Manchester United in fourth place, but they do have the advantage of having a game in hand because of their League Cup commitments at the weekend.

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Failure to beat Swansea would be a major blow for the Lilywhites as not only would they lose pace in the European qualification race, but the Swans would then only be one point behind them in eighth position, which could really pile the pressure on Pochettino’s men.

If Tottenham’s Premier League form in March doesn’t improve on recent years, then they could find themselves in real trouble to make the cut for the Champions League places.

Will Tottenham finish in one of the Champions League qualification spots this season?

Mauricio Pochettino reiterates Spurs “expect much” from Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin has yet to make a first-team appearance with Tottenham since officially joining the club at the start of January but Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he is still very much part of the club’s plans going forward.

Yedlin quite literally burst onto the scene with the US Men’s National Team at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil as he made three appearances and those displays prompted Spurs to splash out £2.5 million for his services.

At just 21, the former Seattle Sounders right-back has a long time to improve his game, and Pochettino has revealed that it will take time to ensure he is ready for action with Tottenham when he eventually makes his debut.

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“DeAndre only recently arrived in London, and like all young players needs to go through an adaption period, where he gets to know a new way and new culture,” the head coach told FutbolMLS.com.

“We have to work this transition carefully and slowly, giving him the necessary time to be able to acclimate on and off the field. Then, he will be able to show off his qualities.

“But it’s obvious that if he’s here, it’s because we expect much from him.”

Yedlin was named as US Soccer’s Young Athlete of the Year for 2014 and is a player blessed with pace and stamina, something that will serve him well under Pochettino’s system at Spurs.

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He still has some faults in his game, especially when defending one-on-one at the back, but Spurs recognise the enormous potential that Yedlin possesses and he shouldn’t have to wait too long for his debut.

“We knew he was a player with lots of potential, who’s already done some interesting things in MLS and has additionally played in the last World Cup,” Pochettino said. “That’s why we decided to bring him over sooner, and to begin working with him little by little.”

When will DeAndre Yedlin make his debut with Spurs? Should he be in the first-team now?