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Pochettino promises Spurs fans flair

ESPN staff
August 8, 2014
Mauricio Pochettino plans to speak in English this season rather than using an interpreter © AP

Mauricio Pochettino has promised Tottenham fans they will see an exciting brand of attacking football at White Hart Lane this season.

Giving his first major interview since leaving Southampton to take up the White Hart Lane job earlier this summer, the Argentine promised to emulate the style of play on show at St Mary's last season.

"For me, it is all about exciting football - pressing high and playing with flair," Pochettino told reporters.

"We want to put these things in place. Always the result is important, but just as important is the ride you take to get to the result.

"I have not been given any targets. But we need to develop a balanced squad, to put our philosophy into practice and on top of all that we need the results to keep the belief high.

"For me, it is most important to develop. When you see the squad Tottenham have, it is unbelievable. Now we need to improve, to learn and to get the results."

Unlike in previous interviews since his arrival in the Premier League where he opted to use an interpreter, Pochettino spoke English and plans to continue doing so.

"I've never had a problem with my communication with the players. All of it was good. It's different when you speak in public - I'm more nervous now," he added.

"For me, it's about respect for our fans. Sometimes it seems poor, my English, and it's difficult to explain in the way that I want. It's for that reason I used the translator at Southampton."

Pochettino also said he wanted to get the best out of players such as £30 million club-record signing Erik Lamela, who has struggled with injuries since arriving after the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer.

"He is still young, and the Premier League is the most difficult league to play in, in terms of the style, the language, and to adapt," Pochettino added.

"Now, after one year at Tottenham, we believe that Erik is ready to show his quality. My philosophy is to give a freer style with a good organisation, not only with Erik but also with other players - and they are unbelievable players - on the ball to create different action."

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