Mauricio Pochettino is the right man to put Tottenham Hotspur back in Champions League football, but there's a lot to be done insists club legend Ossie Ardiles.
After a difficult 3-1 victory against Nottingham Forest at White Hart Lane in Wednesday night's Carling Cup Third Round, Ardiles backed-up the Argentinian coach claiming he will bring the club to another level.
"He’s the right man for the job", Ossie told TalkSPORT after the game.
“His ideas are very clear. He believes in putting a lot of pressure on the opposition, pressing as high as possible, recovering the ball quickly and then playing.
A lot to be done
It was not perfect against Forest, actually, it was very frustrating watching the football that was played by Spurs in the first half.
Struggling in the final third against a Championship defence is worrying and many fans are rightly concerned ahead of the Arsenal game Saturday.
Spurs really have to find some strength defensively but one positive thing of the night is that, although conceding the first goal against Forest, centre-half Federico Fazio showed real potential alongside Belgian star Jan Vertonghen.
But new club captain Younes Kaboul cannot be ruled out and become second choice. The Frenchman can easily move to full-back on the right-wing, where he used to play earlier in his career under Harry Redknapp.
Upfront it was not the right display at all, playing Roberto Soldado on his own, but when Pochettino brought in the match youngster Harry Kane it was significant that Spurs were playing better, finding the channel to break through Forest's defence and more attempts on goal were made with two strikers.
It was when £30 million Erik Lamela came on as a 85th minute substitute that things completely changed. The Argentine brought some creativity upfront and provided the third goal, which Harry Kane finished off to secure the win.
Lamlela came close from 25-yards in injury time when it could have been a fourth goal as the ball flew inches wide of the right post.
Always bring Lamela with you wherever you go, that's what Pochettino learned throughout the past two weeks after not playing him against Partizan in Serbia in the Europa League, and last night after he changed completely the game it was job done - he is the man to bring Spurs to success.
Ahead of the derby
Tottenham are now looking for a good performance and a big reaction in the Premier League is needed.
Showing some great football at the Emirates Stadium would give some confidence to Pochettino's men and the Argentine is expecting his team to be more aggressive and show some character against Arsenal.
Ardiles continued: “It’s a team in progress, there is still a lot of work to be done."
“Of course it’s not going to happen overnight. He’s got a big job on his hands and I just hope he gets given time. Tottenham have changed managers too many time, they need to stick with one.
“In Mauricio they have someone who has the right ideas. Hopefully he will do the job for us.”
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