Mauricio Pochettino believes that uncertainty and a lack of focus from certain Tottenham players may have caused the club’s defensive issues at the start of this season, believing that the European transfer window will ease those problems.
Tottenham ceded a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Arsenal in yesterday’s north London derby at the Emirates, and are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. That run without a clean sheet now stretches back to the 1-0 victory over Brighton in April. In addition to that, Tottenham have allowed shots at a rate of 18 per game in the Premier League this season, a rise of six from last season.
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Pochettino believes that could be down to a lack of focus on the part of some players, and the difficulty of managing while the transfer window is still open across Europe. Christian Eriksen has been strongly linked with a move away, with Danny Rose and Serge Aurier two other Tottenham players rumoured to have been departing this summer.
“The team wasn’t settled,” Pochettino said. “I told you from day one when we started the preseason in London and moved to Singapore, that is why I wasn’t happy, I was a little bit worried about the situation, because we knew very well what was going on.”
“I am now optimistic and happy, because what is most important is to all be on the same page, with the club. That players have a clear idea where we want to get to and how we want to move, clear minds.
“Like today Christian and different players, tomorrow they’re only going to be focused on Tottenham.”