Toby Alderweireld says it is Tottenham’s work ethic which has propelled them into Premier League title contention – and anyone not willing to graft can leave.
Alderweireld is among the Spurs players to have earned most praise this season, but the defender insists no one individual is any more important than any other at White Hart Lane.
“The most important thing is we have no heroes,” said Alderweireld. “We have a team with a lot of quality that wants to improve. So it’s important everybody works so hard for each other.
“When one makes a mistake, the other one picks it up. We have togetherness. We want to achieve something this season and I think you can see that on the pitch.
“There is a good confidence and self-belief – not arrogance – that we can beat everybody. If we work hard and put the effort in like we do every week, we are confident that we can beat every team.
“It is self-belief, not arrogance. We know if we don’t put the effort in, we are a normal team. Put that effort in and that can make a difference. We have quality and young guys who are eager to make the difference.”
Pochettino has made sweeping changes to the Spurs squad since taking over in 2014, and Alderweireld says any player not willing to buy into the work ethic will soon find themselves cast aside.
“A lot of guys have left the club,” added Alderweireld. “He [Pochettino] only wants guys who work very hard. If you don’t follow that path, you don’t belong in Tottenham. Physically we are 100 per cent. We can run all game and that is the way we want to play.”