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Spurs midfielder Wanyama hails impact of Pochettino’s man-management skills

By William Eldridge

Mauricio Pochettino

Published: 14:40, 23 June 2019

Victor Wanyama has identified Mauricio Pochettino’s man-management skills and “constant desire to succeed” as key reasons behind Tottenham’s progress.

Spurs were seen as serial underperformers when the Argentine took charge in 2014 but Pochettino has turned the club’s fortunes around in recent years.

The 47-year-old almost led Spurs to unexpected European glory during the 2018/19 season but they lost 2-0 in the Champions League final against fellow Premier League side Liverpool.

Pochettino’s Spurs progress: Five things to know…

  1. From 2014 to present, Pochettino has a win percentage of 55.8% from 276 games, winning 154 matches.
  2. Pochettino has overseen four consecutive top-four finishes in the Premier League.
  3. Spurs have spent considerably less than their main domestic rivals in recent years, but continue to match them on the pitch.
  4. Pochettino’s managerial style and ability to nurture young players has seen him develop into one of the game’s most sought after coaches.
  5. Tottenham have not won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup and Pochettino is yet to win any silverware as a manager.

Wanyama – who is currently away with Kenya at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations – is adamant he always looks forward to working with Pochettino and that the Spurs manager’s attitude reflects positively on the north Londoners’ entire squad.

“Pochettino is a great coach who works very hard in every training [session],” Wanyama told Goal.

“He has a constant desire to succeed and win all matches, which is reflected in the players through his help.

“He has his own way of dealing with each player, advising us on and off the pitch continuously and taking care of everyone to get even more out of every player on the pitch.

“I always look forward to working with him and taking advantage of his advice to develop and perform in the stadium in the best way possible.”

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Last season, Wanyama struggled with injuries and made just 13 Premier League appearances as Spurs squeezed into the top-four places, confirming Champions League football for next season.

The Kenyan also only made two 90-minute showings in Europe, against Manchester City in the quarter-finals and against Ajax in the semi-finals, but is determined to secure regular game time in the future.

“For me, it was a difficult season and I was tired for a long time because of injury. I was hoping to help the team more but it did not work out well,” Wanyama added.

“The African Championship is a good opportunity to regain my level and prepare my fitness fully before the holiday and then prepare for the new season, which will be a new personal challenge.”