By Matt Farr

Former Premier League boss Steve McClaren has admitted he has been left open-mouthed at Tottenham’s displays under Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine has transformed the north London club since the start of his stewardship in May 2014, and is on course to lead them to back-to-back top four finishes in the Premier League.

Tottenham have excelled with an attacking gameplan, led by senior trio Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, and McClaren admitted that he has been very impressed at how they smother their opponents.

Speaking live on the Premier League Daily show on Sky Sports on Tuesday, he said: “I took Newcastle there last season, and wow. The energy and youth, enthusiasm, pressing, absolutely smothered you to death.

“It was so refreshing. It was so difficult to play against, but Pochettino has really developed that squad, really got some young players together with terrific energy. They do not stop running.

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“Dele Alli is really going to be someone special.”

Alli has been particularly impressive under Pochettino this term, contributing 17 goals and eight assists from 39 appearances this season, including four goals and two assists from his last four outings.

Tottenham are second in the Premier League headed into the international break, ten points behind leaders Chelsea, and seven points clear of fifth-place.

They have also established a nine-point lead over north London rivals Arsenal, who are down in seventh place and risk finishing behind Spurs for the first time in 22 years.

Pochettino is also on course to bring Champions League football back to White Hart Lane, following their shock early exit from the competition earlier this season.

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