Claudio Ranieri criticises Tottenham boss Poch, states what he needs to do
By Amir Mir
Claudio Ranieri has criticised Tottenham boss Pochettino and stated that his teams need to be “stronger” when they are not playing at their best.
The Italian helped Leicester City win the Premier League title last season in one of the most remarkable campaigns in recent history.
During that title-winning season, Spurs were looking to close the gap on the Foxes before a blip towards the end saw the Midlands club record a memorable triumph.
Pochettino’s side produced a late surge once again this term but they were beaten to the winning line by Chelsea.
Speaking on Goals on Sunday, which aired on Sky Sports 1, Ranieri was complementary in the manner in which Spurs play but he believes they need more oomph when the going gets tough.
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“How Tottenham play I am very, very happy,” Ranieri told Goals on Sunday. “They move the ball very well and [they have] good combination.
“Maybe sometimes, they need something more. It’s a spirit because Pochettino is a strong man. Maybe in some matches, it is more important maybe they play a little worse but to be stronger,” the Italian added by punching his hand.
“That’s only my criticism because I like how Tottenham play a lot.”
Following Leicester winning the Premier League title, they struggled to cope with the pressures of the previous campaign as they suffered a number of defeats earlier on in the season.
It resulted in Ranieri being sacked by the club, less than 12 months in charge which resulted in a huge uproar from supporters and ex-players.
Nonetheless, Spurs have recorded back-to-back Champions League places and bettered their third-placed finish from last term.
They beat the Foxes 6-1 during the penultimate match of the season, with striker Harry Kane scoring four goals.
He has gone on to win the Golden Boot award for the second season running, scoring an incredible 29 goals, four more strikes than last season.
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