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Spurs will entertain - Pochettino

New Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino has promised Spurs fans that his team will entertain them with exciting and expansive football.

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Pochettino -- whose Southampton side were acclaimed for the quality of their play -- said he wanted his Spurs to do things with flair and style.

The 42-year-old was giving his first major interview since leaving Southampton to take up the White Hart Lane job earlier this summer.

Unlike in previous interviews since his arrival in the Premier League, he spoke English rather than opting to use an interpreter.

"For me, it is all about exciting football -- pressing high and playing with flair," The Mirror quoted him as saying. "We want to put these things in place. Always the result is important, but just as important is the ride you take to get to the result.

"I have not been given any targets. But we need to develop a balanced squad, to put our philosophy into practice and on top of all that we need the results to keep the belief high.

"For me, it is most important to develop. When you see the squad Tottenham have, it is unbelievable. Now we need to improve, to learn and to get the results."

Pochettino explained his decision to conduct future interviews in English, saying: "I've never had a problem with my communication with the players. All of it was good. It's different when you speak in public -- I'm more nervous now.

"For me, it's about respect for our fans. Sometimes it seems poor, my English, and it's difficult to explain in the way that I want. It's for that reason I used the translator at Southampton."

The new coach also said he wanted to get the best out of players such as club record 30 million pound Erik Lamela, who has struggled with injuries since arriving after the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer.

"He is still young, and the Premier League is the most difficult league to play in, in terms of the style, the language, and to adapt," he said.

"Now, after one year at Tottenham, we believe that Erik is ready to show his quality. My philosophy is to give a freer style with a good organisation, not only with Erik but also with other players -- and they are unbelievable players -- on the ball to create different action."


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