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Mauricio Pochettino claims pitch is to blame for poor Spurs form

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Mauricio Pochettino believes that the width of the Tottenham pitch is to blame for his team's poor performances at home this season; as it is too tight to play the style of football that he wants his team to play, according to The Independent.

Spurs have already lost three times at home this season; to Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and most recently Newcastle, with Pochettino adamant that the pitch allows opposing sides to sit deep and shut down Tottenham's preferred style of attack.

The pitch at White Hart Lane is the third smallest in the Premier League; only Queens Park rangers and Stoke have smaller. While a bigger pitch would almost certainly suit Spurs' style of play, the focus for Pochettino is to find a way around the issue. 

The pitch

Spurs' pitch currently measures at 100 metres in length, 67 in width, with an overall coverage of 6,700 metres squared.

Pochettino's old club, Southampton, have the biggest possible pitch, along with West Brom, Swansea, Sunderland, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Man City, Man United, Hull and Arsenal. 

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That measures at a length of 105 metres, a width of 68 metres and an overall coverage of 7,140 metres squared; over 400 metres squared bigger than that of Tottenham. 

“Our style means that we need a bigger space to play, because we play a positional game,” the Spurs boss said. 

LACK OF TOGETHERNESS

Despite the pitch not suiting Tottenham's style of play, it is not the only thing to blame for their poor start to the season, which currently sees them in eleventh position in the league, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea. 

Spurs captain Younes Kaboul was left frustrated following his side's recent 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, claiming that he and his team need to be more focused and brave, according to Sky Sports. 

"We need to be more consistent and regular and more mature on the pitch. It's about knowing how to control the game, kill the game, knowing how to defend all together in certain phases of the game and to be more confident, too," Kaboul said. 

The north London club have struggled to adapt as a team, with players like Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado all under-performing at times.

“This is our challenge: to create something special in the changing room between 25 players so they can know each other, improve the togetherness and show that on the pitch,” Pochettino said.

Tottenham host Brighton in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

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