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Mauricio Pochettino expects Spurs to respond to final day defeat

Mauricio Pochettino kicked off Tottenham’s pre-season with a rollicking after his side’s title challenge collapsed last term.

Spurs were hammered 5-1 at Newcastle on the final day of the campaign, which saw them finish third in the Premier League table — below arch rivals Arsenal — but Pochettino never had the chance to reprimand his players in May as much of the squad quickly left for Euro 2016.

Instead, the Argentinian was left to stew and it was only after the club’s pre-season tour of Australia, when the whole squad reunited, that Pochettino was able to vent his frustration.

“I just told them, ‘If I have the opportunity to kill you then I kill everyone’,” Pochettino said.

“I wanted to kill all of them. And I did not have the opportunity to kill them. I kill myself too.”

Tottenham have so far forked out less than £30million — a figure that pales in comparison to the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Pochettino believes his rivals’ readiness to splash the cash is a sign of desperation.

“I’m not worried about that,” he said. “When you spend a lot of money, it’s because you are worried about your squad and desperate to improve it.

“I’m very happy with my players and because of that I’m very quiet and relaxed.”

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