Does Pochettino take the blame for Spurs’ away day blues?

Despite spending a fraction of the money of title rivals like Manchester City, Tottenham are expected to challenge for the title…or be branded as failures

There is so much to admire about what Mauricio Pochettino has done at Tottenham Hotspur and the club’s second place finish in the Premier League last season deservedly drew enormous praise. However, the hopes that Spurs could go one better this time round are already in tatters and it is their record away from home against their direct rivals that is now in the spotlight.

Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to table-topping Manchester City, their heaviest since May 2016, was perhaps not so remarkable given the imperious form of Pep Guardiola’s side but did add to a statistic that Tottenham will be desperate to set right.

During Pochettino’s three-year spell in north London, Spurs have won only once in 18 away matches against the established top-six – City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

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