English Premiership

Pochettino: Spurs still have shine

2015-05-15 08:40
Mauricio Pochettino (Supplied)

London - Mauricio Pochettino has slammed suggestions his Tottenham Hotspur side are boring to watch even though they haven't scored in five of their last eight games.

This weekend Spurs will be looking to improve on a mediocre run dating back to mid-March that has seen them fail to find the net against Manchester United, Burnley, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Stoke City

Relegation-threatened Hull City are the visitors at White Hart Lane on Saturday at a time when Tottenham's star striker, Harry Kane, has scored just once in his last six games.

But Spurs manager Pochettino was adamant fans of the north London club had been treated to plenty of entertaining football over the season as a whole.

"When we beat Arsenal 2-1 or when we beat Chelsea 5-3, we were not boring," he said.

"In football you always have to accept all opinions but it doesn't affect our decisions and our way and our plan for the future."

Only four teams have scored more than Tottenham and Pochettino made it clear he was more interested in shoring up a leaky defence come the end of the season.

"We need to be more consistent because in the way that we played, we are offensive, we score a lot of goals," the Argentinian said.

"We have three players with more than 10 goals each - I think we are the only team as we have Harry Kane, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen.

"Not Chelsea, not Arsenal, not another team has three players. But we need to find this balance better in offensive and defensive, and we need to improve a lot in our defensive situation," the former Southampton manager explained.

Major changes are expected after the end of the campaign and one man definitely be leaving White Hart Lane is veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who is retiring at the end of the season, when he will have turned 44.

Pochettino made it clear the United States international was unlikely to be given one last game, however.

"We have our emotion, but always in football you need to take a decision as a professional and we always need to show we are professional," he said.

Emmanuel Adebayor is doubtful for Tottenham because of illness but full-back Danny Rose has been passed fit at a time when Kyle Walker and Ben Davies are sidelined.


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