Mauricio Pochettino can inspire a Tottenham trophy run just like in our glory days, says Glenn Hoddle

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GLENN HODDLE believes Mauricio Pochettino can spark a run of trophies to rival his own Tottenham glory days.

Spurs boss Pochettino has yet to win anything with the club — but a 100 per cent start to the Premier League season has got fans dreaming again.

Glenn Hoddle, 60, won the Uefa Cup, and two FA Cups with Spurs in his career
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Mauricio Pochettino has yet to win a trophy with Spurs but Hoddle thinks he’s the man to bring glory back to the club
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The club’s 1981 FA Cup triumph was the first of three trophies in four seasons and Hoddle feels Poch is on the brink of a similar golden era.

Hoddle, who scored one of his greatest goals against tomorrow’s opponents Watford with a stunning chip in 1983, said: “I’ve met Mauricio a few times now. He’s a level-headed guy but also he wants to be a winner.

“For me, he has to concentrate on winning the first trophy, even if it’s a cup rather than the league, as that can be an important stepping stone.

“The manager has a lot on his plate what with challenging for the league and the Champions League and you have to wonder if he has the depth of squad to cope with all of that.

“So even if he won the FA Cup or even the League Cup, it would have an influence on his key players.

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Glenn Hoddle lifts the 1981 FA Cup trophy after Tottenham’s replay win over Man City
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Hoddle hopes Pochettino can inspire Tottenham to another run of trophies
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“It sends out the right signals that trophies will be won and more will be won, which is what I experienced as a player with Spurs.

“It was amazing how there was a jump in confidence and real belief for three or four years once that first trophy arrived.

“That happened to us in 1981 when we had won nothing for something like ten years.

“We won the FA Cup and went back and won it again the following year and, in 1984, we won the Uefa Cup.

“A trophy is the platform for more success but also to keep players — otherwise they will want to go elsewhere in search of success.”

Hoddle said the sale of any of Spurs’ top stars, such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen, would be “devastating” – as would losing Pochettino to the likes of Manchester United or Real Madrid.

He said: “I was a little bit anxious at the start of the season when the club didn’t go out and buy.


Hoddle scored one of his greatest goals against tomorrow’s opponents Watford with a stunning chip in 1983
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Hoddle majestically chipped Watford goalkeeper Steve Sherwood with his second touch
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“But you have to trust the manager and so far he has insisted he’s happy with his squad.

“It would be devastating for the team to lose any of their players.

“I’m sure they will have a good run at it in the league and even the Champions League again.

“But to bond the team together even more you need to start picking up trophies.” Spurs are one of only four teams left with a perfect Premier League record after three games.

That number will be reduced tomorrow, as surprise team Watford are also in that top four.

Tottenham will be favourites, with the bookies and pundits now believing them to be serious challengers to title favourites Manchester City and Liverpool after their impressive 3-0 away win over Manchester United.

Hoddle said: “It’s a shame the new stadium isn’t quite ready and that was seen as a negative, as was the lack of signings.

“It would be quite an irony after all the stick they’ve taken over the new Lane if they keep on winning at Wembley.”

The former Tottenham and England manager has been impressed by the slow but steady progress of Brazilian Lucas Moura, the two-goal hero of that famous Old  Trafford win.

He added: “At the beginning of the season I could see he was starting to improve a lot and it’s what I had expected.

“When he arrived he hadn’t had much game time with Paris Saint-Germain and didn’t look match fit, or sharp.

“But you could see he was a talent and capable of wonderful goals.

“Now he’s had more of a foundation in a solid pre-season, he can make an improvement in the team and will push Heung-min Son for a place.

“That is healthy, to have that competition.”

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