Gary Neville: How Tottenham duo have been transformed under Mauricio Pochettino

Gary Neville has been impressed with the improvement of Spurs duo Danny Rose and Kyle Walker

Gary Neville has hailed the improvement of Danny Rose and Kyle Walker under Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The England internationals were impressive on Sunday afternoon as Tottenham were 2-0 winners against Premier League leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

The Lilywhites have the best defensive record in the Premier League in the 2016-17 season so far after conceding just three times in seven top-flight games.

Pochettino’s Tottenham defence finished as the joint-best in the English top flight last term alongside Manchester United as Spurs finished in third place in the table.

Having worked with Rose and Walker in recent years in his capacity as an England coach during the Roy Hodgson era, Neville was placed well to assess the Tottenham duo’s improvement under the former Argentina international.

“Mauricio Pochettino has revitalised some players,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“There is Walker and Rose. We had Walker and Rose at England a few years ago.

“They were unreliable in different ways. When I look at them in the past 12 months, their energy and their appetite to play, their want and willingness to run, to do the right things, to defend and to learn.

“It’s a complete transformation. That’s down to Mauricio Pochettino and the boys themselves.”

Tottenham are in second place in the Premier League table and a point behind current leaders City heading into the international break.

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The Lilywhites will make the trip to West Bromwich Albion in their next Premier League game on Saturday 15 October.

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