Spurs midfielder Bentaleb’s keen to develop under Pochettino and alongside Stambouli
14:43 01 October 2014
Nabil Bentaleb is looking forward to improving his game under Mauricio Pochettino and developing his midfield partnership with summer signing Benjamin Stambouli.
Bentaleb enjoyed a stellar rise last season, being promoted from the academy to the first team under Tim Sherwood and ultimately going to the World Cup with Algeria.
The 19-year-old started Spurs’ first three Premier League games under Pochettino but has since dropped into the second-string side, lining up against Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League and Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup.
Bentaleb, who was born in Lille, France, has been paired with Frenchman Stambouli in those games.
And, as Spurs prepare to host Besiktas in tomorrow’s European group game, he believes his new head coach and his new midfield team-mate can help him to develop.
“The manager speaks to you all the time, he tells you what you do that’s wrong and right,” said Bentaleb. “He takes you into his office and shows you what mistakes you made at the weekend and gives you something to work on, with your weaker points. I have to improve my passing, improve physically and get more mature on the pitch.
“I always come to training to improve and give everything when I step onto the training pitch. It’s still the same mentality as when I was in the academy.
“Benjamin is a great man. As soon as he came we spoke together because we’re both French. We got on well together and now we’re playing together in the centre.”
Bentaleb admits he is keen to force his way back into Pochettino’s best XI for the Premier League games, but he is also focused on helping Tottenham to advance in Europe.
“It’s very important for us and we all want to win it,” he said. “It’s very exciting, we know it’s a really good competition and you get the chance to compare yourself with big clubs in Europe.
“Everyone wants to play in the Premier League, it’s a big competition. But I take what I have to take and you have to prove to everyone that you’re good enough to play in the Premier League. You have to think about the team, it’s about getting the win.”
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