Mauricio Pochettino says he is ‘very happy’ with his Tottenham squad, but says there will be ‘no pressure’ on the club’s new signings.
The Champions League finalists enjoyed an impressive transfer window, breaking their transfer record to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and adding the likes of Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon.
Having previously gone 18 months without any signings as they moved into their new stadium, Spurs have backed Pochettino in the market this summer and the Argentine admits he is delighted with his new-look squad.
“I am very happy, I was happy with my squad and to add some more players, they can bring good energy and help us to achieve what we want,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“I was focused on trying to work hard to coach in the best way. I hoped the club would do the job that we want to try to bring players in and to try to be competitive with our opponents.
“Our opponents have always been adding, but now was the time to add some new faces to motivate and spark our players, but also to create excitement for our fans.
“This season will be different, we start in our new stadium and we have to be ready for another exciting season and working hard to try and start tomorrow to win, which is our objective.”
Spurs’ latest signings have caused much excitement amongst the club’s supporters, though Pochettino has urged caution as the new additions settle.
France international Ndombele, Lo Celso and Sessegnon are all aged under 23, and Pochettino insists the signings have been made with the long-term in mind.
“I think we have made signings for the future. And the players will have opportunities to play,” he added.
“No pressure on Sessegnon, or Lo Celso, or Tanguy, they arrive from different leagues and they still need to adapt to the new philosophy and the new club.
“It is the responsibility of the senior players to help them, but it is important to give them time.
“You need to give time to adapt, and to understand, and show the trust.”