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Richard Keys shares how controversial Pochettino methods secured landmark Tottenham win

By Alex Taylor

Richard Keys has praised Mauricio Pochettino’s intense training methods after Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Manchester City.

Pochettino, 44, was criticised for his punishing regime towards the end of last season as his side looked tired during the final stages of their title race with Leicester City.

Dutch fitness coach Raymond Verheijen has also been critical of the Spurs manager’s training techniques in the past for leaving his teams jaded at the end of every season.

But beIN Sports broadcaster Keys insisted the the north London outfit looked re-energised against City on Sunday.

“The air of invincibility around Pep Guardiola and his City team was blown away by Tottenham’s tornado,” Keys wrote in his online blog . “What a game. I enjoyed it more than anything else I’ve seen this season.

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“Spurs were terrific and had Eric Lamela scored with that penalty 3-0 wouldn’t have flattered them.

“Double training sessions you see – that’s the way forward.”

The win moved Tottenham up to second in the table and they now sit just one point behind current league leaders City.

The Londoners stunning display brought their unbeaten run to five games since losing to Monaco in the Champions League in mid-September and has re-established their title credentials this season.

Pochettino’s side now travel to the Hawthorns in two weeks time to face West Brom before playing Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League three days later.

Fans will be hoping to avoid any further injury to their star players during the international break after seeing Harry Kane sidelined with a long-term ankle injury against Sunderland.

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