Mauricio Pochettino says he gave Tottenham players pre-season ‘rollicking’

• Spurs manager has finally gone over last season’s collapse with his team
• Argentinian’s players raring to go despite summer international losses

Mauricio Pochettino says that he might have become the first manager to begin a pre-season by rollicking his players. “I just told them: ‘If I had the opportunity to kill you, then I kill everyone,’” he said.

The Argentinian had stewed all summer on his team’s 5-1 defeat at Newcastle United on the final day of last season, which set the seal on a desperately disappointing four-game sequence, when they went from potential Premier League champions to third-placed finishers.

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