Pochettino: Tottenham’s attacking talent deserve spotlight

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his side’s attacking talent deserve praise after a rampant display saw Spurs seal a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.The Argentine was poached from Southampton in the summer to fulfil the club’s attacking philosophy, and his impact was evident as his side dazzled fans with one of their best performances in a long time.Last season’s forgotten man Erik Lamela, who looks rejuvenated playing under his compatriot, shone brightly on the wing while Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor all proved far too strong for Harry Redknapp’s men on the ex-Tottenham boss’ first return to White Hart Lane.Chadli scored twice in the first half, either side of a second goal in as many Premier League appearances for Eric Dier, while Adebayor added a fourth after the break to take Spurs temporarily top of table.And Pochettino was full of praise for his wealth of attacking talent, insisting he is keen to allow his players to roam free of their shackles.“Lamela, Adebayor, Chadli and Eriksen create the movement and rotate – they are free,” he said.“For me, it is important that the team show they are a team. We played like a team all together and we can achieve something.“We work a lot on the training ground but it is important that the players are free in their minds because they are creative players.“You can not put the players like that in the shade, you need to provide the organisation but after that they are free.“It is true that Lamela can improve a lot. He is still young and when a young player arrives in a different country it is hard to adapt.“We all know his skills and we are very pleased for him and for all of the squad – today was a very good day.”Together with the side’s creative talent, another of the outstanding performers was 20-year-old defender Dier.Born in England but raised in Portugal, the centre-back has proved a steal at £4million this summer having netted a goal apiece in his first two games in a Spurs shirt.But Pochettino has warned against putting too much pressure on the youngster, with many already calling for his call-up for international duty.The Argentine coach added: “To score is great for his confidence, but it’s important to be careful because he is only a young player.“At the moment he is showing great maturity and skill as a centre-back, but we need to take it step by step, we have a long season ahead and we have to be patient.”last_img

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