Mauricio Pochettino's training methods slammed by Dutch coach

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The autopsy on Tottenham's disappointing end to the season has well and truly begun. 

A campaign that promised so much, and admittedly saw Spurs improve dramatically, came to a devastating close on the final day, with a 5-1 defeat at Newcastle allowing Arsenal into second place. 

However, that result alone was not to blame for Tottenham's collapse, as in fact, they gathered just two points from their last four games. 


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Pochettino scrutinised 

Draws with West Brom and Chelsea were followed by a home defeat to Southampton, and with Arsenal putting together a good run, Spurs finished below their north London rivals for the 21st year in a row, despite being the only team to push Leicester close for the title. 

Just how they managed to collapse in such extraordinary fashion is up for debate, and Dutch coach Raymond Verheijen has laid the blame squarely at the feet of one man: Mauricio Pochettino. 

Very few Tottenham fans are blaming the boss for what happened in the final games, but Verheijen, who has a bit of a reputation for criticising high-profile managers, has taken to Twitter to launch a stinging attack on Pochettino. 

Pochettino has admittedly experienced similar problems of falling away at the end of the season during his spells at Southampton and Espanyol. 

Tottenham exhausted

The Argentine is known for imposing a strict fitness regime on his players, often requiring double training sessions from them. 

For most of the season, those methods have been praised as the reason for Tottenham's transformation into title contenders, as their high-pressing style of football has simply allowed them to out-run the opposition. 

Near the end, though, Verheijen believes the players looked mentally and physically exhausted. 

There have been suggestions that Pochettino's methods are perhaps best for developing players, but are not appropriate for a Premier League team given the demands of the league. 

However, the resounding feeling among Spurs fans - and indeed the analysis spouted by a furious Pochettino after the game - is that their mentality, as well as the absences of the suspended Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli, is what ultimately let them down. 

Is Pochettino's fitness regime to blame for Spurs' collapse? Have your say in the comments. 

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