We must impress our style - Poch
Published 15/08/2014 | 15:56
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes his team will quickly show their style on the pitch this season to stop his "boring" talk of a change in football philosophy.
The former Argentina international took over at White Hart Lane earlier this summer on the back of an impressive spell in charge at Southampton, which saw them break into the Barclays Premier League's top 10.
Pochettino takes his squad - which has been improved by the signings of goalkeeper Michel Vorm and defenders Ben Davies and Eric Dier - to West Ham on Saturday, before a Europa League play-off away to AEL Limassol.
The Spurs boss accepts it may not be a case of seeing immediate results following a change of direction in the dugout, but is confident the group are willing to take everything on board as they target a return to the top four.
"We have to impress our style and philosophy. That sounds boring, maybe, but it is true," Pochettino said.
"This is the most important thing - to create something, to believe - and is the key for the way to success.
"This is only the beginning of the season, so we need to improve and put in practice the new philosophy and style.
"The players need time, it is true, to improve, to believe and to learn. Then after we will see."
Pochettino, however, understands all too well that patience is not much of a virtue in the English top flight, with Tim Sherwood dismissed earlier in the summer having himself taken over following the unceremonious departure of Andre Villas-Boas last December.
"It is important to have a good start, to win the three points," he said. "There will then be that feeling in the belief of your ideas, that the group is more strong.
"We have a very good mentality to play at West Ham, and we are expecting a very tough game.
"It is an important thing to get the three points to start in a good way."
West Ham beat Spurs three times last term, but Pochettino will not read too much into those results.
"This is my first season at Tottenham," he said. "The past is the past.
"Of course we need to learn from the past, but anything which happened was last season."
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris feels the squad are in a positive frame of mind to lay down a marker when the action starts for real following a promising pre-season campaign.
"This kind of game is a good test as a first away match, and it's difficult to look for anything but a victory," the France captain said on the club's official website, www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
"You always need to have determination, ambition and passion and we have the ambition to go to Upton Park and get three points."