Mauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham to improve despite lack of signings

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"We believe a lot in our players and there's no point now to say 'why not repeat a similar season like past year or the season before, and with more experience?'" "Building a new training ground, finishing this summer the (player's) lodge was a massive investment". [So is] building a stadium that is almost £1 billion - that is true, don't believe £400 million.

"Then to keep the best players is to be courageous. It was hard for everyone, for us included". "Always, until you finish the game, you can not say "now it's the end of the game".

"I am with full energy, I am fitter than last season because I was thinking if a player involved in the World Cup arrives not fit then I have a possibility to play", the former Argentina worldwide defender said at the club's training ground.

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham have shown bravery by declining to sign any players this summer and focusing instead on retaining their top stars at a time when the club is investing heavily in their infrastructure.

"You need to give your best to the position the manager says".

"I am so happy in the way they came back", said the Argentinian.

The Scotland global was a key man during a loan spell at Villa Park last season, but as the Villans hit financial difficulty early this summer, they were unable to put anything in place that allowed them to keep the playmaker.

Deals for players like Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembélé are yet to materialise however and Pochettino said he expected the players who remained at the club following the close of the window to knuckle down.

Pochettino added: "What the club is doing is showing it is so courageous".

'It is human nature that you always look after yourself. You need to show your commitment, from the pitch, from the bench or sometimes from outside. "But when it is not possible, why create a problem that can only disturb or not help the club and your teammates?"

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