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How Mauricio Pochettino turned Tottenham into title contenders

Mauricio Pochettino's press-heavy approach has Spurs rising up the Premier League table.
Mauricio Pochettino's press-heavy approach has Spurs rising up the Premier League table.

Last Saturday, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores said he had just seen the best side in the Premier League. Earlier, his players had been pressed and harried so relentlessly that they had not mustered a single shot on target. What Watford had lacked, explained Flores, was not a clear game plan, but rather a chance to execute it. "We know perfectly what we want to do when we recuperated the ball, we try to play," he said. "But it was impossible."

Welcome to White Hart Lane. This is what it feels like to face the fervent pressing machine installed by Mauricio Pochettino, in which Tottenham toil to leave their opponents overwhelmed, exhausted and (normally) defeated. Many managers in the division favour a proactive style, but no one has mastered the art of high pressing like Argentine tactician, who has guided his side to second in the table, five points behind Leicester, despite a net spend that practically amounts to zero over the four transfer windows since his appointment in 2014.

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