Gary Neville: Why Tottenham aren’t as flimsy under Mauricio Pochettino

The former Manchester United defender believes Tottenham Hotspur work harder under Mauricio Pochettino

Gary Neville says Tottenham Hotspur are a more tenacious team under Mauricio Pochettino’s leadership.

The north London side came from 1-0 behind to ease to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Manchester City at White Hart Lane in Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League.

don’t think he’s got the best team in the world and I don’t think they’ll finish in the top four. But you just have to look at the work ethic in winning the ball back

Gary Neville

Goals from England Under-21 international Eric Dier, centre-half Toby Alderweireld, PFA young player of the year Harry Kane and club-record signing Erik Lamela sealed the win.

Tottenham are unbeaten in six games in all competitions following their victory over the Citizens, hoisting themselves up to fifth place in the Premier League table.

While Neville doesn’t expect Spurs to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season, the retired England international can see signs of improvement under Pochettino.

“If you look at what he’s done, he’s transformed the team and definitely got a better bunch of lads,” Neville told Sky Sports News.

“With Tottenham, the average age is 23 which is the youngest in the league and he’s not just transforming a team there, he’s transforming a culture.

“It’s a culture of being a bit flimsy. You’d never say they were the hardest-working team in the league. You’d say they’re a bit weak and he’s trying to transform that.

“They’re going with a more balanced approach and there are certainly signs now that Pochettino is having an effect. I don’t think he’s got the best team in the world and I don’t think they’ll finish in the top four. But you just have to look at the work ethic in winning the ball back.”

Tottenham make the trip to Monaco in their next Europa League group-stage fixture in the Principality on Thursday night.

Spurs’s record in six matches against French opposition is W3 D2 L1 (W3 D0 L0 at home – W0 D2 L1 in France). They scored only once in those three fixtures in France.

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