Pochettino holds showdown talks with Tottenham flops
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he has held showdown talks this week with Tottenham’s underperforming players.
Spurs have won just once in their last 10 matches in all competitions and the Argentine manager is desperate to reignite the team’s season.
Tottenham host Swansea at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday after consecutive defeats to bitter rivals Chelsea and French outfit Monaco.
With no midweek match for the first time since August, excluding international breaks, Pochettino and his coaching staff have taken the opportunity to review every aspect of the players’ performances as well as their conduct on and off the pitch.
“We have had time to be calm and analyse all that happened in the last month,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Sun. “When you are constantly playing and travelling it is difficult to be calm and stop.
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“It’s been a good opportunity to see the bigger picture.
“There has been a lot of individual and collective meetings. We looked at tactical decisions, behaviour, attitude and different things to try.”
Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League heading into the weekend, and lie seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
Swansea beat Crystal Palace 5-4 in a remarkable match last season but are placed in the relegation zone after securing just nine points from their 13 league matches this season.
There were reports this week that manager Bob Bradley would have been sacked if Swansea had not achieved their late turnaround at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino shares the four reasons why Moussa Sissoko has struggled since his summer arrival.