Mauricio Pochettino: 'Adapting to Wembley a big challenge'

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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.

All that would allow him to operate as a wing-back if Spurs continue to operate with a three-man defence, as they did towards the end of last season. This could mean a serious struggle for Spurs having had an impressive record at former home White Hart Lane. So, effectively, they will play all of their matches away from home.

However, the issue is beyond that there isn't an bad lot in reserve for Pochettino to call upon, which means when one of his established starters is missing his squad depth is left exposed. "Maybe similar as to winning a title".

All this makes them a genuine title challenger, as they have been in the last two seasons.

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Ask any of those and they would hardly regard the Tottenham of Mauricio Pochettino, the impressive manager of the North Londoners for the past three seasons, as middleweights, but Spurs do operate distinctly.

Including their UEFA Champions League collapse last term, when they failed to progress past the group stage, Spurs have won just twice on their previous 11 competitive visits to Wembley. Livermore is a skilful player with vision and ability to match which makes him a very important player to his club. "They've kept the nucleus of the side together but the worry will be whether teams around them will put distance between them if they stand still for too long as they finance their new stadium".

"It is so hard when you have a very good team and at a club like Tottenham you have a very clear philosophy and a plan that you want to follow", the Argetine said. Their frugal approach has anxious supporters and angered Hoddle, who does not think Pochettino's men are good enough to win the Premier League.

Right-back is a particular priority for Spurs, who will be without Kieran Trippier for the first two weeks of the season. The wing-backs will be Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose, when both are fit to start.

Even if Cancelo does decide Tottenham is the better option at this stage of his career than Juventus, there is no guarantee the deal will happen. They cause a lot of problems in the final third and provide the service Harry Kane needs to thrive.

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Tottenham have a couple of tricky fixtures to start the season.

However, people constantly underestimate Spurs when making pre-season predictions, there's no reason they can't do well in every competition. Their second game is even trickier as they welcome Chelsea to Wembley. They have an excellent goalkeeper and captain in Hugo Lloris.

"When you are focused and you feel that your home is White Hart Lane it's so hard to change", admitted Pochettino in May. A couple of signings would have injected the impetus that they need to push on for a title challenge and it will be interesting to see whether they are active in the market before the end of the month.

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