My first season was harder - Pochettino shrugs off Spurs woes

My first season was harder - Pochettino shrugs off Spurs woes

My first season was harder - Pochettino shrugs off Spurs woes

Tottenham have started the Premier League campaign off in indifferent form with two wins, two draws and two defeats.

Pochettino, speaking ahead of his side's next league clash with Southampton, said: 'When you play the final of the Champions League, no one is the same after because the perception and expectation is different.

Asked whether this was the toughest point of a tenure that began in 2014, he replied: "No, the most hard was the first season and then during a few [other] seasons it was tough in some periods". Then [you only need] one result.

Ndomebele, 22, was left out the side for the cup game along with some other regulars, but did start in the defeat to Leicester. Three points more and we are third in the table. That is the problem when something happens that you can not control.

Eriksen spoke publicly of his desire to leave at the end of last season and the Dane, along with Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose have entered the final year of their contracts.

"Sometimes critics can make you realise you need to wake up", said Argentine Pochettino.

"For me, this type of situation that I was talking about, today is in the past".

"Damage has happened that we need to fix".

"We are, at the moment, fixing problems to try to be better and get the results we expect".

"We are not so far away because I think our performances are not as bad as the feeling or the emotion or the atmosphere that we create".

The club's sparkling new stadium opened in April and Pochettino has been able to add to his squad for the first time in 18 months with the signings of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.

'We have been through periods like this before, with this group together, and we know what we need to do to get back on track, ' said the 25-year-old England global. To keep a successful period in football you need to be different every single season and act differently and find a different solution.

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