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Pochettino eyes top-four spot

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he has an “unbelievable squad”, but refused to be drawn on any attempt to recruit Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham manager believes he has an “unbelievable sq

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French midfielder Schneiderlin is determined to join his former manager at White Hart Lane, despite Southampton boss Ronald Koeman insisting the 24-year old is not for sale.

Pochettino has already brought in goalkeeper Michel Vorm, defenders Ben Davies and Eric Dier, all players the Argentinian believes will help the club finish in the top four of the Premier League.

"I think we have an unbelievable squad," he said. "Last season the club made a big investment and signed unbelievable players. The most important thing is to develop our players and to provide the best team to play on the pitch."

When asked of his pursuit of £15million-rated Schneiderlin, the former Saints boss said: "No, it is not my style to speak about a player from another club, I don't like that. I have full respect for all of them and I have nothing to say."

Tottenham open the new campaign at West Ham, and then play a Europa League qualifier against AEL Limassol before heading across London again to tackle promoted QPR.

Pochettino sees no reason why Tottenham cannot move forward in 2014-2015.

"We want to improve every time, but we need to learn," he added. "Our style is always to get a feel for the player and after to try to get the best out of them for the team and for the club.

The 42-year old, speaking in English unlike when at Southampton, added: "At the moment our challenge is putting into practice our philosophy, our system.

"We know we need time to improve our new system, our new philosophy, but we are very happy at the moment. We improve quickly and the most important thing is we are ready to play and compete."

The Tottenham boss will assess those players who returned late from international duty at the World Cup - three Belgians and Brazil's Paulinho - before naming his squad to take to Upton Park.

"We need to analyse some players because they arrived late from the World Cup and we need to improve their physical condition," he said.

"At the moment I have my ideas in my mind but I need one more day to decide the 18 players for playing against West Ham on Saturday."

England winger Andros Townsend should be in contention having missed the end of last season and the World Cup with an ankle problem.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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