Pochettino blamed for Tottenham’s end of season slump

Date published: Wednesday 18th May 2016 4:50

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Raymond Verheijen believes Tottenham’s end of season collapse is due to Mauricio Pochettino’s training methods burning out the players.

Spurs were tipped by many to pip Leicester to the Premier League title, before their form dramatically dipped in the final four matches, in which the club failed to win a match and were beaten 5-1 at relegated Newcastle.

Pochettino’s men were overtaken by fierce rivals Arsenal on the final day of the season, and fitness coach Verheijen quoted a Daily Telegraph article, questioning the assertion that “Spurs are insistent that questions or criticisms regarding Pochettino’s hard-work approach are baseless”.

“Baseless? Really?” replied Verheijen on Twitter.

“Typical for the football world. Before Tottenham analyse this season’s process, they already draw conclusions and ignore possible mistakes.”

The outspoken Dutchman has previously criticised Arsene Wenger, labeling the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger “average” and behind the times.

And Verheijen pulled no punches in his assessment of Tottenham manager Pochettino.

“First of all, Spurs’ end of season collapse was already predicted in early March based on pattern recognition,” he added.

“Spurs’ 16 points in last 11 games of season is a typical pattern for a Pochettino team. It happened at Southampton and in his first season with Spurs.

“However, Spurs have already decided that this has nothing to do with the training regime. So it will probably happen again next season.

“This is why even the best managers in football keep making the same mistakes. They are not critical enough towards themselves and prefer denial.”

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