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Pochettino talks of an “unsettled squad” at Spurs

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Tottenham manager has spoken of an “unsettled squad” after a far from convincing start to the new season.

Spurs, who had an amazing 2018/19 season, were expected to be contenders on all fronts this season.

Pochettinno was given the resources to invest in his squad.

There was plenty of hype surrounding the North London side and their attempts to finally lift a trophy after so many years without.

After six Premier League games, Spurs are seventh in the league, above a woeful Manchester United only by goal difference.

Their opening Champions  League game, saw them only manage a draw against Greek side Olympiacos.

Then in the opening round of the Carabao Cup, they were consequently eliminated by a League Two team Colchester United.

After all the talk of building a legacy and building for the future, Pochettino’s future has now been brought into question.

Odds on his leaving Spurs sooner rather than later being slashed.

Christain Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama, all have issues regarding their futures.

They are either wanting away or have been told they have no future at the club but are still there.

Pochettino feels that he has issues inside his squad and situations like unhappy players can be a cause for concern.

In his post-match press conference after the defeat to Colchester, he spoke of the problems in his squad.

Pochettino said:

“When you have an unsettled squad always it’s difficult and you lose time and then you need time to recover the time you lose.”

“That’s where we are.”

“Maybe our performances are good but you need this extra, which is mental, connection, it’s energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad.”

“We need time again to build that togetherness that you need when you are competing at this level.”

“We are in a period where it’s a bit tough for us but we keeping working to find a solution.”

“When this type of thing happens it’s about staying clear and fresh and calm. We’re trying to find solutions and we only need time.”

Publicly Pochettino tried to excuse his sides lackluster performance. But there was no hiding the Argentine’s disappointment in the team’s efforts.

He added:

“They were tough, they defended well.”

“Of course the difference of the level is there and if you analyse the circumstances, yes we need to create more and be more aggressive in the final third.”

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COLCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur (R) is consoled by team mates after missing his team’s first penalty in the penalty shoot out during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Colchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at JobServe Community Stadium on September 24, 2019 in Colchester, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)