Mauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham to improve despite lack of signings

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"If we are happy with our squad and can not improve our squad, sometimes it's better to keep our squad together".

Spurs were open to offloading others, such as Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, with Pochettino not keen on having unsettled players on the fringes of his squad who could potentially be disruptions as the season goes on.

Tottenham failed to make a single signing this summer, in a transfer window which frustrated many of their supporters.

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On how people interpreted his comments at the end of last season, Pochettino added: "I am responsible for what I told you or what I tell you but I can not be responsible for what you believe that I wanted to tell you". If we are happy with our squad and can not improve our squad, sometimes it's better to keep our squad together.

With so many Tottenham players involved in the latter stages of the World Cup, Pochettino has had little time to work with the whole squad leading into the first game. "I am sure we are going to be better, no doubt about that".

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When talking in a media session about Spurs' opening fixture against Newcastle this Saturday lunchtime, Pochettino addressed the rumours, saying: "We didn't receive (any offer) for any player. We hope he's still our player by Friday", Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC West Midlands earlier this week. [It's about] if you really need [them] or not and then if you can get your target or not.

"Then to keep the best players is to be courageous".

Paul Merson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to finish in fourth place ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table this season.

Spurs were the only Premier League club not to make a summer signing after their move for Jack Grealish collapsed but Pochettino said: "What the club is doing is showing it is so courageous".

"I am so happy with the way they came back to training on Monday".

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