Pochettino: Youngsters shine in games with world-class opposition
By Alex Taylor
Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the impact that Tottenham’s pre-season tour has had on his young players.
Spurs’ most recent game ended in a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Friday afternoon, but Pochettino’s side have the chance to put that result right against Inter Milan on 5 August, before the start of their Premier League campaign against Everton in 15 days’ time.
The tour has seen the likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Joshua Onomah and Harry Winks all given starts as the club seeks to bed in its young players properly.
“To give minutes to play a lot of young players I think was fantastic,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.
“To see them play against top class teams like Atletico Madrid and Juventus was good. It’s good to take positives for the future, we need to be optimistic and come back to London and start to prepare for the season.”
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The Argentine manager has mixed young players, new additions and current stars together for the first time, but is yet to win a game in the build up to the 2016-17 Premier League season, losing 2-1 to Juventus before their loss to Atletico.
New singing Vincent Janssen has shown some promise in the early games and his influence could prove crucial to Tottenham’s success next season.