By Russell Edge

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has said that the club’s recent success all stems from manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentinian manager joined Spurs from fellow Premier League side Southampton back in 2014 and has helped the club become title contenders during his three years at the helm.

In his spell in north London Pochettino has taken charge of 175 matches, winning 96 of those games and seeing his side score 326 goals in those outings.

Prior to Sunday’s clash with Liverpool, the Lilywhites’ last game saw them hold reigning Champions League holders Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Alderweireld believes that the result against the Spanish giants proves that the club are able to compete against the very best, and he puts that down to Pochettino’s management and preparation.

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He told the Daily Mail: “Against Real Madrid, we showed physically we were up there.

“We work very hard because if you want to play with your heart you can’t do it for 70 minutes; you have to do it for 90 minutes.

“He (Pochettino) is one of the best in the world

‘Everyone knows 100 per cent what they have to do and what position we have to be when we don’t have the ball. And the fighting spirit; we play with our heart.

“He picks the right team, the players who have the heart to play, the players who will work, run and who are physically fit.”

Spurs currently sit third in the table ahead of their showdown with the Reds on Sunday, eight points behind league leaders Manchester City, who beat Burnley 3-0 on Saturday.

They could go level on points with second placed Manchester United with a win against Jurgen Klopp’s side, after Jose Mourinho saw his players slump to a 2-1 defeat away at Huddersfield, although goal difference means Spurs are likely to stay third.

While Pochettino saw his side play out a 1-1 draw in midweek, the Reds broke the record for the best away result by an English club in the European cup, thrashing Slovenian side Maribor 7-0 on Tuesday.

In other Tottenham news, Sky Sports have revealed a crucial update on reported transfer talks with a European giant.

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