Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after his team's win over Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League. Lee Smith / Action Images / Reuters / February 14, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after his team's win over Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League. Lee Smith / Action Images / Reuters / February 14, 2016

Pochettino’s quiet revolution has Tottenham Hotspur seeing ‘we can beat any team’

When Mauricio Pochettino first set foot in White Hart Lane, the future Tottenham Hotspur manager was struck by the simple message emblazoned all around the middle tier of the stadium.

“To Dare is to Do”, translated from the latin “Audere Est Facere”, has been Tottenham’s motto since long before Pochettino arrived in North London, but it serves as the perfect summary of the team’s mission statement under the highly driven Argentine.

Although Pochettino left the Lane that afternoon in March 2014 frustrated after his Southampton side slumped to a 3-2 defeat, the young manager’s first encounter with the slogan which resonated so much would foreshadow greater things to come.

Just two months after that, Pochettino was announced as Tottenham’s new manager and only two years later he already has his club positioned to try to end their long wait to be crowned English champions.

Tottenham's dashing 2-1 win at title rivals Manchester City on Sunday moved them within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester City with 12 games remaining, prompting Pochettino to admit fans were right to start dreaming of a first top-flight title since 1961.

To come within touching distance of emulating the heroics of Bill Nicholson’s team, who boasted Tottenham greats Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Cliff Jones and Bobby Smith, Pochettino has infused a club for so long derided as serial underachievers with a genuine belief they can beat anyone and the results have been remarkable.

At the start of the season, few outside the Tottenham dressing room expected more than a challenge for a top four place from a club whose last major trophy was the 2008 League Cup.

But those doubters missed the quiet revolution masterminded by the softly-spoken Pochettino at Tottenham’s new training headquarters in the North London suburb of Enfield.

It is at that state-of-the-art facility where the 43-year-old former Argentina international has drilled his players to master his relentless, high-tempo pressing game that wears opponents down, while convincing them to buy into his team-first ethos.

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After making his name in the Premier League by turning Southampton’s crop of young English players from prodigies with potential to top-level stars, Pochettino has achieved a similar feat with Tottenham.

Enthused by their manager’s confidence and given a road map to success by his tactical knowledge, the likes of Harry Kane, 22, Dele Alli, 19, and Eric Dier, 22, have developed into England internationals.

Kane’s predatory finishing has been key to Tottenham’s success, but the composure and class of Belgium defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld has also been crucial in providing a solid foundation for the youngsters to thrive.

Pochettino’s side have been beaten only three times in the league this season and boast the division’s best defensive record, with just 20 goals conceded from 26 games.

Alderweireld, signed by Pochettino from Atletico Madrid after he had impressed on loan at Southampton last year, has been rock solid at the heart of Tottenham’s defence and the 26-year-old feels the organisation of the team is key to their success.

“We feel if we work very hard, with everyone doing their job, we can beat any team,” he said.

“It is not arrogance – we don’t have arrogance, we just have confidence, and that is the difference.

“In every game this season we have had good organisation, and even when things are not going the way you want, you can fall back on that organisation.

“Then try to go up front and make a goal, like we did against City.

“We have a good team that sticks together, and that is important.”

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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
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Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.


2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.


3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 


4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.


5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

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