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Pochettino: Tottenham squad still playing catch-up after Euro 2016

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham are still recovering from a demanding summer as they look to hit top form in the Premier League.

Spurs are unbeaten in the league ahead of Sunday's game at home to Sunderland but Pochettino is far from satisfied with his side's start.

The Argentinian criticised his players' attitude during their Champions League defeat to Monaco on Wednesday and even said he was unhappy with the 4-0 win at Stoke last weekend.

Tottenham's summer preparations were heavily affected by Euro 2016, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris all involved.

Kevin Wimmer was Spurs' only Euro 2016 player to go on their pre-season tour to Australia and Pochettino feels his squad are still adjusting.

"It was difficult because of the Euros, they come late, we were in Australia and some players started to play with only 10 days' or 14 days' training," Pochettino said.

"It is difficult to understand why in every game we have some period in the first half that is difficult to get the pace of the game and to manage and handle the game like we normally used to do.

"And then in the second half it is like we need that from the manager and the staff to wake up and say, 'This is the reality', we need to change and then say, 'Now yes we are going to do our job'.

"Maybe it is because the pre-season was difficult and all that happened in the summer, maybe now we are in a process to settle all the pieces."

Spurs youngster pens new long-term deal

Harry Winks is staying put. Credit: PA

Tottenham youngster Harry Winks has signed a new five-year contract, the club have announced.

Winks joined Spurs' academy in 2012 and made his Premier League debut as a substitute against Liverpool last month. His new deal will expire in 2021.

The 20-year-old midfielder has played only four times for Tottenham's first team so far but is highly-regarded by manager Mauricio Pochettino.


Spurs v Monaco starting line-ups

Spurs midfielder signs new five-year deal

Spurs midfielder Eric Dier is the latest player to commit his long-term future to the London club.

England international Dier has signed a new deal running until June 2021 at White Hart Lane.

There are many reasons I wanted to commit my future to Tottenham.

We have a fantastic squad full of young, exciting players. We've got the new stadium on its way, the fantastic facilities at the training ground, and a fantastic manager who's great for all us young players.

He really looks after us, and makes sure we keep improving.

Wembley being filled with 80,000 or more Tottenham fans is going to be an amazing experience. Playing in the Champions League there is very unique, so those two things are going to be fantastic.

– Eric Dier
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