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Spurs boss says Harry Kane finds his praise 'boring'

Tottenham News Mauricio Pochettino Kieran Trippier Kyle Walker Peters Premier League GETTYKyle Walker Peters came on for Kieran Trippier after he was injured against Juventus
Spencer Simpson | 13 August, 2017, 00:39

Pochettino's side have struggled at the national stadium in recent times, including in their awful Champions League campaign a year ago where they did not make it out of the group stage.

The issue of Tottenham's wage structure is still seen as troubling to a club desperate to compete with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.

On the one hand Tottenham's talented young squad are only going to get better while, in Mauricio Pochettino, they have a highly rated manager who has moulded a team who play in his image.

With the Premier League turning 25 on August 15, there is naturally nostalgia to be had about those first early years, in which England's top division gradually opened up to foreign imports.

"And when you sign a player like Eric Dier, who is an worldwide today when no one knew him before". So now Mauricio Pochettino's side must get on with the show and adapt their game plan to suit the size of their temporary home ground.

Tottenham's 2016-17 campaign was also awash in nostalgia as the club bid farewell to White Hart Lane. Tottenham are certainly one of them.

Pochettino, who was speaking at a news conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener at Newcastle, took the unusual step of answering numerous questions in Spanish, asking his assistant Jesus Perez to translate.

If he is able to stay fit and score goals at a rate similar to that of last the campaign, Spurs will feel a lot more confident about their title chances. He cleaned up his act last season, and was a joy to watch.

"Not just because they will be better, but we need bodies, you have to be sure that you have enough quality to keep the level".

Building his team around England stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli and, with Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Son Heung-Min all influential in their own right, Pochettino has assembled a group capable of beating any side in the country on their day.

This also follows yet another recurring hamstring issue for the striker who has been plagued by them and "confidence" issues in recent years, which restricted him to only 26 starts last season, including only five of the final 20 Championship matches.

"It was good for him to apologise".

"As a Tottenham player I'd love to see more signings".

Pochettino raised more than a few eyebrows with his revelation that Tottenham may add three or four players before the transfer window slams shut.

But the 45-year-old Argentine and his players have come up short two years in a row as the pressure of the title race proved too much for them. Lamela is a player who divides Spurs supporters like no other, but even his fiercest critics agree that he's no good to anyone in his current state.

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