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Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs have laid foundation for title joy

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have already laid the groundwork to win titles in the future but says his young side must grow up fast if they are to reach their full potential.

Spurs' young stars like Dele Alli and Eric Dier have flourished under Pochettino this season while the club is making strides off the pitch too, with revised plans for their new stadium receiving council approval this week.

It suggests Tottenham's long-term future is bright but there is an opportunity in the short-term too as Pochettino's side look to secure a place in the top four.

Their momentum took a knock, however, with last weekend's 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle ending a 14-match unbeaten run in the league, and Pochettino admits his starlets must mature if they are to achieve success this season.

"It is difficult to be consistent when you start," Pochettino, whose side go to Southampton today, said.

"At Tottenham after 18 months we have put the basis for sure in the future to win some titles. We are sure because the basis is very strong.

"We have a very young squad that can only improve for the future. We only need time.

"We have the youngest team in the Premier League so sometimes we expect bad days.

"We take a risk to have a younger player in the squad so we need to help them a lot. That is important to be consistent.

"We have been consistent but different moments will be tough for them and now they need to move forward."

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