Champions League

Pochettino not going grey over Spurs speculation

2019-10-21 21:03
Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

London - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino accepted on Monday his job will come under scrutiny if fails to rally the flagging fortunes of last season's Champions League finalists.

Spurs have endured a terrible start to the season, winning just three of their first 12 games in all competitions, which has seen Pochettino face prolonged criticism for the first time in five-and -a-half years at the club.

"I am not surprised. That is football," said Pochettino. "Football is always about to win today and tomorrow, what happened yesterday is gone.

"I understand it's the business. I am 47 - look, why do you think that I don't have white hair?

"Because I don't pay attention to any of this. I only pay attention to what we need to do to improve our performance."

Pochettino said after Saturday's 1-1 draw against bottom-of-the-table Watford that his side was slowly regaining their confidence after a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League three weeks ago.

Tottenham can begin to put that result right when they host Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday with the chance to move back into pole position for a place in the last 16.

"It's important to win tomorrow to be in a good position in the table." added Pochettino. "In this type of period, our worst opponent are ourselves and we need to compete with ourselves to build our confidence."

Despite taking just one point from their first two games in Group B, Tottenham are better placed than they were at the same stage in the Champions League last season before going all the way to the final for the first time in the club's history.

"We know it takes a lot of experience, a lot of energy to get through a Champions League group. If we can win tomorrow night we will be in a better position than last year and obviously we ended up going to the final," said Harry Kane.

"We have to believe in every game we play, fight for each other and then who knows what's possible."

Kane's form has not faltered as much as some of his team-mates with the England captain scoring seven times in 11 appearance for Spurs this season.

However, he admitted the past few weeks are the toughest period he has gone through since breaking into the first-team five years ago.

"The standards we have set over the past four or five years have been very high. Now when things aren't going so well people are going to wonder why," added Kane.

"This season little things aren't going our way, we've got to try and find away to overcome that."

 

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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
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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
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RB Leipzig v Benfica, Red Bull Arena 22:00
Lille v Ajax, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 22:00
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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
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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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