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Christian Eriksen sings Mauricio Pochettino's praises after Tottenham transformation: 'He has given stability to me and the whole club'

  • Mauricio Pochettino has lead Tottenham to two consecutive top four finishes
  • The Argentinian boss has brought 'stability' to Spurs, insists Christian Eriksen
  • Eriksen claims Spurs players feel comfortable playing for Pochettino
  • The Danish midfielder puts great teamwork down to Tottenham's recent success

Christian Eriksen has praised Mauricio Pochettino for bringing 'stability' to Tottenham and believes their current success is just the start of their transformation into an elite club.

Since joining Spurs in 2014, Pochettino has taken the North London side away from the abyss of the Premier League's 'nearly teams' and propelled them into what is now being called 'the big six'.

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Eriksen, who has been preparing for Denmark's crucial World Cup play-off with Republic of Ireland, placed full credit at the feet of his manager, having lead Spurs to two consecutive top four finishes and looking likely to do so again this season.

Christian Eriksen has give Mauricio Pochettino full credit for Tottenham's transformation

Christian Eriksen has give Mauricio Pochettino full credit for Tottenham's transformation

'A lot of things have changed,' Eriksen said. 'Everything, really, both on and off the pitch. Everything has been put into what we all wanted at Spurs.

'Everybody wanted to become a top team and that is what we have tried to do. I think we are getting closer than ever before.'

When Pochettino arrived at Spurs from Southampton, Spurs had just finished sixth in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of rivals Arsenal in fourth with Everton separating them.

Since then, Spurs finished fifth the following season, before breaking into the top four for the first time since 2012 with third and second-place finishes in the last two seasons, finishing above Arsenal – the hosts of next Saturday's North London derby – and bringing the first halt to St Totteringham's day in 22 years. 

Eriksen prepares for Denmark's World Cup play-off with Republic of Ireland on Tuesday

Eriksen prepares for Denmark's World Cup play-off with Republic of Ireland on Tuesday

He claims himself and fellow Spurs players feel comfortable playing for the Argentine

He claims himself and fellow Spurs players feel comfortable playing for the Argentine

POCH'S SPURS STATS 

Matches: 180

Win: 99 

Draw: 41 

Loss: 40

Win percentage: 55

Players used: 56  

'He has given stability not only to me but to the whole club,' added Eriksen. 'That's the main thing for a player. 

'You feel comfortable, you feel aware of everything around you and you don't think about anything other than football when you're on the pitch.

'All the players have long-term contracts. They feel safe being here. It's why you commit your future to a place like this.'

Spurs have already guaranteed their Champions League last 16 spot after shocking Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley earlier this month, as well as keeping pace with both Manchester clubs, who lead the way in the title race.

Their success has largely come from the goals of Harry Kane, one of Europe's most prized possessions under Pochettino, as well as contributions from Eriksen and Dele Alli – among others. But the Dane insisted success itself is more important than any individual.

'I don't mind who takes the spotlight,' he continues. 'If you win the game, then it doesn't really matter. Of course it's nice to get recognition, but I'm not looking for it.'

The Dane insists the whole of the Spurs contingent are committed to achieving success

The Dane insists the whole of the Spurs contingent are committed to achieving success

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