Gary Neville backs Mauricio Pochettino to solve Tottenham troubles and earn top-four spot

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Mauricio Pochettino has been backed by Gary Neville to turn Tottenham’s struggling start around and finish in the top four of the Premier League.

Tottenham have won just three of their opening nine Premier League games while also tasting defeat on three occasions.

They drew with Watford last weekend having been beaten 3-0 at Brighton and also thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

And though the likes of Crystal Palace and Leicester are above Pochettino’s men, Manchester United hero Neville is backing the Argentine to pull his side through.

“It doesn’t feel a big issue in my head because of the fact that they’ve had such a great four or five years and we’re nine games into the new season,” Neville said.

“Yet there is a big reaction towards Tottenham, towards Pochettino, towards the players, a sense that there is this unhappiness.

“If you think about Spurs historically, this is a very calm period, a very stable period in their history, the most successful period in terms of Premier League history.

“I’m calm about Tottenham because you’re expecting there will be a rocky patch at some point.

“I have faith in the coach there, I think he’s done a brilliant job, I think the team, to be fair, still a lot of players there that have brought that success.

“I think Tottenham will finish in the top four because they’ve proven it over a few years now and they’ve come back. It would be wrong to write them off at this early stage.”

Tottenham travel to Premier League table-toppers Liverpool tomorrow, hoping to end Jurgen Klopp’s side unbeaten start.

Liverpool won both league matches between the sides last season while the Reds also beat Spurs in the Champions League final to lift their sixth European Cup.

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