Gary Neville: Why I’m encouraged by Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham

Former Man United defender Gary Neville says he is encouraged by Tottenham Hotspur's improvement under Mauricio Pochettino

Gary Neville says he is encouraged by Tottenham Hotspur’s progress under Mauricio Pochettino.

The north London side secured a battling 1-1 draw with Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

It was a fantastic performance from a young team. From Pochettino’s point of view, he will have a bit of a tingle because he can feel where he’s taking this team

Gary Neville

Pochettino’s side are unbeaten in 11 games in the Premier League after a 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season.

Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Pochettino must get a tingling feeling as his Spurs side continues to improve.

“Tottenham were fantastic,” Neville said on the Gary Neville Podcast. “Pochettino has really had to take the house down brick by brick and re-build it in the last 18 months.

“It’s not easy to move some players on – with the wages they are on, they want to hang around – and he’s done that. He’s now got a team out on the pitch that’s reflective of him. If I was a Spurs fan, I would gain great encouragement.

“There’s a team out there now that isn’t as flaky as it used to be, that runs like crazy, that absolutely ran all over Arsenal for 75 minutes during that game. If there was one part of the match that they failed in, it was heading the ball – they couldn’t clear their box.

“But it was a fantastic performance from a young team. From Pochettino’s point of view, he will have a bit of a tingle because he can feel where he’s taking this team. You can see the work that’s going in on the training ground.”

Tottenham are in fifth place in the Premier League table and just five points behind leaders Manchester City after their stalemate with Arsenal.

Pochettino’s side have won five of their 12 Premier League games this term, including an impressive 4-1 victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s City side.

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The north London side welcome West Ham United at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on 22 November.

Pochettino took over the reins at White Hart Lane in May 2014.

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