Champions League

Pochettino 'happy with squad' ahead of Bayern Champions League clash

2019-09-30 15:52
Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

London - Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he was "so happy" with his squad as they prepare to face Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday after a turbulent few weeks.

Spurs have struggled to find consistency this season after an unsettling summer transfer window during which key players including Christian Eriksen were linked with moves that never materialised.

Last week's League Cup exit to fourth-tier Colchester was a low point and Pochettino blamed that setback on "different agendas in the squad".

But their 2-1 victory against Southampton on Saturday lifted them to fifth in the Premier League table and helped calm nerves.

Spurs let slip a 2-0 lead in their Champions League opener against Olympiakos to draw 2-2 but Pochettino pointed out that they also started sluggishly last year.

"Last season after three games we had only one point. No one believed in us, and after we got to the final of the Champions League (where they lost against Liverpool)," he said at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

"That is why in football of course it's important but it's not how you start it's how you finish. That is why in a long season you need to be calm, you need to be strong in your mentality."

Pochettino, who talked about the need to evolve every season and find new ways of motivating the players, said he was content with his squad ahead of the match against the five-time European champions.

"We are in a position that all is possible. I think we have a great squad," he said. "It's a big squad, good players."

Defender Jan Vertonghen, who has been linked with a move away from the Spurs, played down rumours of dressing room unrest at the club.

"I am not going too much into that, the mood at this point is good," he said. "It was a good win on Saturday. We showed who we really are."

The Belgian refused to be drawn on his contract negotiations, adding: "I would prefer not to go too deep into that (contract situation) but there is always some movement.

"I am very ambitious, I feel like I have a couple of good years left in me. I hope I can help the team.

"It is my eighth season here. I have had a great past and I am feeling great in every single way here. That is all I want to say on that."

Pochettino said he would like to keep Vertonghen but that he was not part of the negotiations.

"I am open to everything but that is a dealing between the club, him and his agent," he said.

 

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Lokomotiv Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Stadium 19:55
Galatasaray v Club Brugge, Turk Telekom Arena 19:55
Juventus v Atletico Madrid, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb, Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 22:00
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Real Madrid v Paris SG, Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munchen, Stadion Rajko Mitic 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Valencia v Chelsea, Mestalla 19:55
Zenit St. Petersburg v Lyon, Saint Petersburg Stadium 19:55
Liverpool v Napoli, Anfield 22:00
Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund, Camp Nou 22:00
Slavia Prague v Inter Milan, Eden Arena 22:00
Genk v Red Bull Salzburg, Luminus Arena 22:00
RB Leipzig v Benfica, Red Bull Arena 22:00
Lille v Ajax, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 22:00
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Red Bull Salzburg v Liverpool, Red Bull Arena 19:55
Napoli v Genk, San Paolo 19:55
Ajax v Valencia, Amsterdam ArenA 22:00
Benfica v Zenit St. Petersburg, da Luz 22:00
Lyon v RB Leipzig, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Inter Milan v Barcelona, San Siro 22:00
Borussia Dortmund v Slavia Prague, Signal Iduna Park 22:00
Chelsea v Lille, Stamford Bridge 22:00
Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City, Maksimir Stadium 19:55
Shakhtar Donetsk v Atalanta, Metalist Stadium 19:55
Bayern Munchen v Tottenham Hotspur, Allianz Arena 22:00
Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus, BayArena 22:00
Club Brugge v Real Madrid, Jan Breydel Stadion 22:00
Olympiacos v Red Star Belgrade, Karaiskakis Stadium 22:00
Paris SG v Galatasaray, Parc des Princes 22:00
Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow, Wanda Metropolitano 22:00
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TBA v TBA, Ataturk Olympic Stadium 02:00
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