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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed in his Crystal Palace pre-match press conference on Thursday that he held a one-hour meeting with his squad in order for them to refocus on their objectives, and it was desperately needed.
While draws away at reigning champions Manchester City and Arsenal so far look good on paper, the Argentine manager would surely have been furious with the result in the latter given they held a two-goal advantage at the Emirates.
Considering that also came on the back of a surprise 1-0 home defeat against Newcastle United, it has hardly been a vintage start to the campaign for a club who would love to be challenging for the Premier League title.
The north London outfit certainly weren’t helped by the majority of the transfer windows for the rest of Europe not closing until September 2, which meant speculation over the futures of the likes of the soon-to-be out of contract Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen continued nearly a month into the 2019/20 campaign.
Pochettino said on Thursday, via Football London:
“It was very good to talk today for nearly one hour and refocus again on our objective. To be clear in our minds, to think that the most important is the collective and start to put outside individual situations, all together again and try to create a dynamic and be strong and starting winning games.”
And that is vitally important.
Spurs have some winnable games on paper coming up in the top flight, while their Champions League campaign also gets underway with fixtures against Olympiacos and Bayern Munich in the next few weeks.
Six goals conceded in four Premier League encounters to date shows an improvement is needed there especially, while they also failed to break Newcastle down on their own patch.
Tottenham need every single member of their squad pulling in the same direction if they are to have a good season and get back to the brilliant – and consistent – levels they have shown previously, and Pochettino will hope his words of wisdom will see their fortunes change for the better – starting against Palace this weekend.