Tottenham manager reveals how he felt after finishing third last season
By Harvey Byrne
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his agony at how Tottenham collapsed at the end of last season.
Speaking in detail for the first time about how his side’s title challenge folded, the Spurs boss did vow that his side will learn from their mistakes and said they will come back stronger in the new season.
The White Hart Lane club were hot on the heels of eventual winners Leicester going into the final month of the season, but they failed to win any of their remaining four games.
North London rivals Arsenal compounded the misery by mounting a late surge and pipping Tottenham to second place.
“I think we felt very disappointed at the end of the season,” said the Spurs boss to the Mirror.
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“Our objective when we got the option (during the season) was to win the league and then we finished third which was the challenge from the beginning of the season.
“I think we need to be open to improve and learn. Every experience, it’s important to learn.
“A lot of positive things we need to take from last season. Maybe we must compete better during the same period.
“The good thing is we have experience and we can add two players that improve our squad and I think we will be stronger.”
New signings midfielder Victor Wanyama and striker Vincent Janssen are part of the Spurs squad that travelled to Australia for Spurs’ friendly double header against Juventus and Atletico Madrid.
Most of Pochettino’s Euro 2016 contingent have been given extra time off, while Federico Fazio, Nabil Bentaleb, Alex Prtichard and Clinton N’jie were omitted from the tour with the Argentine boss ready to sell them.
Spurs will be looking to improve on their squad which finished third last season, as they will be keen to improve on their finish, while they also have the added hurdle of competing in the Champions League next season.
In other Tottenham team news, Glenn Hoddle believes that Spurs will challenge for the Premier League crown again this season.