Pochettino promises flair
Mauricio Pochettino has outlined his vision to play exciting football at Tottenham Hotspur and is backing Erik Lamela to start showing his quality in the Premier League.
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Pochettino took over at Spurs earlier in the summer after earning rave reviews for his work at Southampton, and he has vowed to approach his new job with the same philosophy.
He is proud to be at White Hart Lane and understands the club’s desire to be successful, but he has no plans to abandon his attacking approach in the pursuit of results.
"Always the result is important, but just as important is the ride you take to get to the result," said Pochettino.
"For me, it is about exciting football, pressing high, playing with flair – this is our philosophy that we want to get down. We want to put all these things in place."
Pochettino added: "For me it's an honour to be head coach of Tottenham. It's a big club. They have big facilities, big fans. It’s a club for achieving things and being successful.
"I am ambitious. Now we start to develop our style and our philosophy. The most important thing is to believe in that."
Lamela is one of those players who could provide flair for Tottenham but there were few signs of it last season as he struggled to adapt to the Premier League following a switch from Roma.
However, he has impressed in pre-season and Pochettino is convinced that his fellow Argentine is now ready to make a mark in English football.
"We know Erik Lamela from Argentina and Italy," Pochettino said. "But he is still young and the Premier League is the most difficult league to play, the style, the language, and to adapt, but now after one year in Tottenham we think and we believe that Erik is ready to show his quality."
Pochettino has deployed Lamela both centrally and out wide in friendly games and wants his attacking players to be fluid in their positioning.
"It depends on the situation whether Erik will play as the No.10 or wide," he explained.
"My philosophy is to give a freer style with a good organisation. Not only with Erik but with other players, unbelievable players, on the ball to create a different action.
"The most important thing is to create a good organisation and a good shape for our players to be comfortable and to show their real qualities.
"It is important to know that he is still young and he moved to England and it is difficult to adapt. This league is the most competitive league in the world."