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2009 09 24 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino Dedicates Espanyol Win To Daniel Jarque’s Daughter. Ben Sahar and Ivan Alonso scored to secure Espanyol’s first ever win in their new stadium in Cornella-El Prat, and Pochettino paid homage to Jarque and his family] It was the best possible tribute. We are very happy, very happy indeed, to dedicate this win to her mother and the family. For us this is an even more special day
Will is one of the main characteristics that cannot be stopped. The squad is showing that they have an unbreakable spirit. We knew that this was going to be a difficult game and this result is well deserved. The win has an added value to us because we turned the game around by believing in our play and by trying to play well
2015 11 08 Retrieve
[Mesut Ozil makes history in Tottenham draw by becoming first player to assist in six consecutive Premier League games] I think that we played very well. At 1-0 up was the moment that we had the chance to score again. I need to congratulate the players because today we showed great character. You need character and clear ideas. It was an unbelievable effort by the players.
2016 02 13 Retrieve
[on Jose Mourinho] I have a great admiration and respect for him as a football manager and as a person and […] I think he’s one of the best managers in football history. His record speaks for itself
2016 03 21 Retrieve
[on Harry Kane] It’s fantastic the way Harry works, his character and personality. He deserves all the praise and I am very pleased for him
2016 03 22 Retrieve
[on Harry Kane] Harry is one of the best. I’ve told you before. He’s one of the best strikers of a ball [. . .] It’s maybe difficult to say he’s the best, but he’s one of the best
2016 12 24 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino tells Sky Sports of his desire to lead the North London outfit to the English Premier League title] It is our dream to win the Premier League. It is our premier competition. For us, it is our first step. I am very happy here - me and my staff as well as my family. I think we find that we are in a very good place to ensure we can work hard. It is a big club with lots of supporters and it is a fantastic club to achieve big things with. We finished third in the league last season. It was a tough summer because the way that we finished the season was bad. We showed some weakness at the end of the season that we need to try and work out, which is always important. When you compete with a big side, it is always difficult, but it shows we are a better team than last season. We have had some problems in the last months after Man City. There were more things that maybe made it difficult for us to compete at our best and I think now we are in a good position to try to achieve good results. We need to work hard because teams like Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, they have all improved. It is true that the Premier League is tougher than last season because all the big teams are improving their squads, but we are confident in ours
2016 11 26 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino tells the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the English Premier League rather than La Liga] These types of players do not come around every day or every year. Real Madrid and Barcelona already have Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and no one will take them away. But with the economic power now that some English clubs have, the next superstar will play in England
2017 01 21 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino speaks about his success in north London as a coach in comparison to his playing career] I wasn’t a crack. My wife always points out to me just what I’ve achieved here in only four years. In such a short time here, they have a certain affection for me, even though I’m from abroad, and the people that love me see it as a larger recognition than what I have received in Argentina, in Spain, or in places where I have been for much longer
2017 04 15 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino tells about his coaching relationship with young star Dele Alli] It is like when you have a son. You love him, but sometimes you have to be tough. If he is not the best young player in Europe, he is one of the best
2017 04 21 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino’s suggestion that Chelsea’s gilded recent history and current league leadership make them heavy favourites for the game as an excuse] They are top of the league and then there is the experienced players and the manager that they have. We are talking about a team that, in the last five years, has won European competitions, World Cups, and a manager who won the title in Italy. They’re more experienced
2017 04 21b Retrieve
[Ugo Ehiogu: Former England defender dies after suffering cardiac arrest] Ugo was a lovely man and we had a very good relationship. It’s a huge loss personally and for all the Tottenham family
2017 04 22 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino praises Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte ahead of the clubs’ FA Cup semi-final meeting at Wembley] If there is one favourite it’s more Chelsea because they are on the top of the table in the Premier League and [with] the experienced players they have, and the manager that they have
2017 04 25 Retrieve
[Tottenham boss Pochettino offers no Alli guarantees amid Madrid and Man City] I cannot guarantee anything in life. The most important thing is to enjoy the present. I am so sad [about the sudden death of Tottenham’s Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu last week] - don’t think about the future. In the future we will take the best decisions for the club. After three years you can see how the team is improving every year and all our decisions so far have been good.
Trust in the club that we will take the best decision for the club to achieve [our goals], improve next season again. That’s the most important thing. We care a lot about the club and now we must focus on the present, try to help the team and the club to be there if Chelsea drop points. And it will be special if in the last season at White Hart Lane we win the Premier League. I want the last three to four weeks to be a big effort from everyone to achieve [something]. Then we can congratulate everyone and try next season.
It’s like many rumours. Kyle, Dele, [Christian] Eriksen, Alli, Lloris, Pochettino - many rumours about many things. I never speak about rumours. It’s important to be honest with the club and try to give our best. After the last game, we can spend the next 24 hours speaking about the future. Now, the club and the fans deserve to focus and try to catch Chelsea. If not, then finish second, third or fourth
[Rose will again miss out against Palace but the left-back has returned to training after suffering a knee injury at Sunderland in January] Next Sunday it will be three months since he got injured. We will see. Today he started to do some things with the group. We will see how he reacts in the next few days. Then we will see. We have been careful with him but we are happy that he is in a good way. We hope he will be available as soon as possible to be selected. We need to check him and he needs to recover the feeling of the competition after three months. That is difficult for a player after three months. Its difficult but the door is not closed and we are flexible.
2017 05 06 Retrieve
[Despite his side’s disappointing setback, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted the title race is not over] It is not over. We have to wait but are thinking that it will be difficult to catch Chelsea. I feel calm. But I’m disappointed, of course, that we missed the opportunity to reduce the gap
2017 09 30 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino jokes that his love for striker Harry Kane has made his wife jealous after Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win at APOEL in the UEFA Champions League] Now my wife is so jealous – and his wife too. No, I think it’s unbelievable. You know, it’s Harry Kane. He has unbelievable skills in front of goal. He has something special. That is why he is one of the best
2018 02 03 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino tells about his most recent television series interest] The last was a series, Game of Thrones. We watched the seven seasons. We were so focused, all the coaching staff, we were so focused. It was football, and then Game of Thrones
2018 02 17 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino reacts to the news of his former player Ryan Mason having to retire at the age of 26 due to suffering a fractured skull in January 2017] Always he is and will be a special player for me because he represent a little bit this change in all the processes when we arrived at Tottenham. Sure he was a very successful player, and sure he will be a very successful person in football, and everything that he is going to do. It is very sad news but it opens up a massive future [for him]. He is 26 but he is an amazing person and has an amazing football brain
2018 06 14 Retrieve
[Davinson Sanchez Mina made 40 appearances for the London-based side in 2017/18 with Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino commending his attitude and his willingness to learn] Because he’s so clever, very humble and he’s very open to learn. He’s a player that when you tell him something his reaction is to be open and be critical with himself. That is a massive skill for a player, when he’s so open to improve
2018 11 01 Retrieve
[Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino lauded Davinson Sanchez] It was a very good performance. I’m very proud because this game was so complicated and another derby, a derby that in the end we won
It’s important to go into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and for a lot of players it was a fantastic opportunity to show their quality.
It was a very competitive game after playing on Monday. We nearly changed all the players and of course it’s important, after only 48 hours, to say [well done] to Davinson Sanchez because his effort on Monday and [Wednesday] was massive. He showed great mentality. He’s a beast.
[Pochettino was happy with several individual performances, including from goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and Sanchez’s central defensive partner Juan Foyth] Many players [impressed]. Players like Paulo, like Foyth, like Sonny who started to feel the net again, Fernando as well. I’m so happy. I’m so pleased. To win here is always difficult but we showed great character, great personality and the team competed very well
2018 12 18 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino refused to talk about the Manchester United job today but did send his commiserations to Mourinho] I want to send my best wishes to him. I feel so sorry because you know very well, I have a very good relationship with him. He’s a very good friend and it’s sad news what happened today. It’s not my business what happens in another club. Only I want to send my best wishes to José
2019 01 19 Retrieve
[Pochettino backs Alli to play Messi role for Tottenham in Kane absence] I was watching Barcelona and the striker was Leo Messi. You can play Llorente, you can play Dele Alli, you can play Erik Lamela, you can play Kazaiah Sterling, Troy Parrott. You can play many, many players. Chelsea played against us with Eden Hazard like a striker, when Olivier Giroud was on the bench and Alvaro Morata was out of the squad
[Pochettino indicated that he would rather see an existing member of the Spurs squad fire his team to victory than have to turn to the transfer market for a new player] The objective is to try and create our new star through the academy - that would be the most exciting thing. We did not find Harry Kane or Dele Alli as big stars - the two most important players in the squad were built here in Tottenham. Why not make the effort to add a few more players and help the club step up?
2019 05 11 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino gives an emotional interview following Tottenham Hotspur’s incredible come-from-behind victory over Ajax that sent them to the Champions League final] Thank you football. Thank you to my players. They are heroes. With this type of emotion, without football it is impossible to live
2019 05 24 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says he is optimistic that Harry Kane will be ready for the Champions League final against Liverpool] Kane is training, he’s in a good phase of recovery. We hope he’s there to help, whether that’s from the start, off the bench or as moral support in the dressing room. We’re optimistic that he can be there to help on the pitch.
No one was optimistic when we started the group stage with one point. We’ve been through very hard situations and the team has showed character. You don’t eliminate Manchester City or come back against Ajax by chance. This gave us strength. The start of the season was difficult, especially when we had to go back to playing at Wembley [Stadium]. The fans wanted to move to the new stadium. We suffered a lot; it seemed like the stadium would never be finished. The negativity invaded us a bit, but the people made a great effort to come back. It’s a great lesson for many people. When you go through what we did for 10 months, you can understand the tears in the semi-final
2019 05 24b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says that emotion, not tactics, will be the deciding factor in the upcoming Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham] It’s impossible to say that it’s just another game. The great thing is that we’re going to have three weeks to enjoy it; we’re experiencing unique moments. Everyone is expecting a tactical battle, but emotions will be the deciding factor. We’re two teams that know each other well, so no tactics are going to be a surprise. The emotional side is going to be fundamental.
[Pochettino says that Spurs will play as the underdog] Maybe Liverpool are favourites because they were in the final last year and they’ve fought for the [Premier League title] until the end. They’ve invested heavily to win either the Premier League or the Champions League in the last few years. No one expected Tottenham to be able to get to a final, but we’re here on our own merit. This makes it more amazing and you enjoy it in a different way. We can make history. Obviously, you play a final to win it and we’re preparing to win it
2019 05 24c Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino insists Real Madrid form no part of his thinking at present] I will not make decisions about my future [until] after the final, it is important to know what the club’s future plan is. If we want to return to the Champions League final next year and fight with Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title, we need reinforcements. City’s goal was to win the Champions League, ours to finish building our stadium.
[Pochettino added, with Spurs set to take advantage of Real Madrid’s facilities ahead of a meeting with Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano home of Atletico Madrid] Real Madrid? I have no other goals if I am not training Tottenham; football takes you where you deserve. Ahead of the final, we will train at Valdebebas and sleep in a nearby hotel. I asked Florentino to let us sleep in the sports centre, but he told me that I can only sleep there when I become the coach of Real Madrid
2019 05 24d Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with the top job at Santiago Bernabeu in recent months and he suggested Perez tried to offer him a compromise to suit both Madrid and Spurs] Real Madrid? I have no other goals if I am not training Tottenham; football takes you where you deserve. Ahead of the final, we will train at Valdebebas and sleep in a nearby hotel. I asked Florentino to let us sleep in the sports centre, but he told me that I can only sleep there when I become the coach of Real Madrid.
2019 05 24e Retrieve
[Real Madrid have issued an official statement slamming Mauricio Pochettino over claims his requests to use the club’s training ground were rejected] Real Madrid CF is surprised by the demonstrations made by the coach of Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino, about a supposed request made to our club so that his team could stay in the residence of the Real Madrid City on the occasion of the final of the Champions League. Real Madrid CF wants to make it clear that it is outright false that this request was produced. Our club has always shown its absolute availability to meet all the requests made by UEFA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Club Atlético de Madrid, Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur.
All requests submitted to Real Madrid have referred only and exclusively to the use of the training camps of the Ciudad Real Madrid and its changing rooms. And all of them have been granted by our club. Thus, Liverpool plan to train in our facilities on Saturday, June 1 in the morning. Tottenham, for its part, will do so on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31. Real Madrid CF also wants to emphasise that the accommodation of the finalist teams of the Champions League are assigned by UEFA following criteria of organisation and security. And that at no time has our club been requested that these teams could be accommodated in the facilities of Ciudad Real Madrid.
2019 05 25 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has joined in the widespread slating of the final season of Game of Thrones, stating that the epic fantasy’s conclusion left him disappointed as ‘it didn’t make sense’] Ah, I am so disappointed. I was so disappointed with the fifth [second to last] episode. It was an amazing series but the last season it was like… ‘we need to finish, how can we finish?’. I don’t know, it didn’t make sense! There was no common sense! I think we all feel the same, not only myself. I think all the people are not happy with the way it finished.
[Pochettino was asked which of the characters is most like him] Maybe the dragon! I am like the dragon - I am strong!
2019 05 25b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has refused to be drawn on speculation suggesting that Gareth Bale] He’s a Real Madrid player. But we have a good relationship. We played against him last year. I have good references about him. Everyone has a fond memory of him here, just like they do at Southampton. He still has three years on his contract at Madrid. It’s a situation that isn’t easy for him and isn’t easy for the club.
2019 05 26 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has promised Tottenham fans they will see a repeat of the tears he shed after the team’s Champions League semi-final win over Ajax if they beat Liverpool to win the competition] My mother says to me, ‘You are a ‘llorona’, which means blubberer, a person who cries often and a lot. My mum always says, ‘He’s happy, he cries. He’s sad, he cries. Come on - just stop crying!’. Sometimes it happens that I am taking my car to my house - it’s 20 minutes from the training ground to Barnet - and listening to some music and that translates to some moment in my life. I start to cry, and when I arrive home my wife says, ‘What happened?’. I say, ‘Some music reminded me of a moment 30 years ago in Argentina’, and she will say, ‘You are crazy’. Films? Yes, I cry. Everything. If we win the Champions League, I don’t know, maybe I’m going to cry for one week.
[A hat-trick from Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura saw Tottenham turn around a three-goal deficit in the Johan Cruyff Arena] There were two different feelings mixed in the same moment after the semi-final. Reaching the Champions League final is the end of an amazing chapter for the club. But, at the same time, the moment that you reach the final, it’s like, ‘I want to be involved in the next chapter of the club’. Both feelings are with you
Managers are people who always need to be ahead and anticipate problems. You always put yourself in five years’ time, 10 years’ time, or tomorrow. We need to be ahead of the players, ahead of the fans
2019 05 27 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino is giving little away when it comes to the fitness of Harry Kane] I think Harry Kane is in the last week, Friday and Saturday, starting to be involved with the group. Very positive the situation with him. We have one week ahead to see how he is progressing. It’s so important that he feels well and he’s very positive. We’ll see what happens. I cannot say if he’ll be 100% fit or starting, or on the bench or out. But good progression, like Harry Winks, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez.
2019 05 27b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says it would be ‘embarrassing’ to talk about his own future before Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool] Today, nothing is more important than what lies ahead. We can make history. We can write our history and provide our fans and family with the best happiness in football. To think about individual things is a bit embarrassing and a shame. I am not important. We have bigger things ahead. Rumours are rumours and they are there. Our focus is 200 per cent on the final. After the final, we will have time to talk.
It’s going to be a completely different game. We cannot prepare for the Champions League final looking back months ago. It’s a situation in a competition where we’ve never faced each other before. We know each other very well but we haven’t prepared thinking about the games at Wembley or Anfield. That would be a massive mistake in these different circumstances
2019 05 30 Retrieve
[The crazy story of when Diego Maradona and Mauricio Pochettino roomed together. Pochettino grew up in the tiny Santa Fe farming village of Murphy] It was a very small town and what I did every day was go to school and play football all day long with my friends. We didn’t have a TV in the house.
One night, at one in the morning, he came to my house, knocked on the door and wanted to see a 13-year-old boy. He wanted to see my legs! At this time of the morning, he would have to be a little [crazy]… he had to make my parents dream. Then he said: ‘These legs look like those of a very good player’. That was a good lie, no bad intentions. For me, he’s a person I will always admire. People call him ‘El Loco Bielsa’, but for me, he is not crazy at all. For me, he’s a genius. A person with charisma and a personality very different from us normal coaches, and that’s what makes him special
[Over 40,000 fans turned out to watch his first training session in Lepra colours. And Pochettino was chosen to share a bedroom with Diego when Newell’s were on the road] It was incredible because I always had his photo on my bedroom wall. And then I was with him, it was tremendous. I remember my first night. I turned off the light and lay there trying to see if I could sleep. I couldn’t believe it, I thought I was dreaming, that it wasn’t real
[As Pochettino can attest, though, life with the little genius was never predictable] We were all together in pre-season in Mar del Plata and the day before we had shared a room. That night, because he loves basketball, he had gone to see the League final. In the morning, when I woke up, he was not in his bed
[The mystery of Diego’s whereabouts on February 2, 1994 would not be clarified until hours later] After breakfast we went to train and then we came back for lunch. Still nobody knew where Diego was. As we ate we watched the news on television: he was shooting at journalists in Buenos Aires, 400 kilometres from where we were!
[When he awoke to find a gaggle of reporters at his gates, Diego opened fire with an air rifle, wounding six members of the press while also turning the hose on those who still refused to leave. In 2002, he was given a suspended two-year prison sentence, with Maradona also ordered to pay damages to those injured in the melee] I love football, it has always been my passion. And [my idol] will always be Diego Armando Maradona.
: 2019 05 31b If Tottenham Hotspur were to lift the Champions League against Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday, not only would it represent the first honour of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign but also the biggest trophy in the club’s history
2019 05 31c Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino refused to reveal whether Tottenham striker Harry Kane will start the Champions League final] We have one training session now and then we are going to decide
[Pochettino accepts it will be a difficult decision to leave out Kane] It’s normal you are asking me, it’s difficult for you to be in my place or different coaches, it’s normal, it’s not easy. Making a decision will not be easy, the last games we played, the quarters and semis, the last 16, every game you need to take a decision. Tomorrow is another decision, for sure we have all the information, every single detail, we take the best decision to win. Like always it’s painful in football you can only use 11 players it’s the most painful situation. From the first moment [of a career] when you play with seven, then go to 11, you know your team-mates who are in the training may not play. For me, respect must be massive for the players who are selected and we want to show that. Tough decisions are painful but it’s part of my job to pick the starting XI and to try to win the game
2019 05 31d Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino insists Jurgen Klopp should be praised for having reached three Champions League finals] Jurgen is a very successful manager, he’s great, he’s always happy, he’s optimistic, he’s spontaneous, he’s natural. I think the people judge because you lose the finals; for me, you need to judge that it’s the third time arriving at the final. That is the most difficult thing and then a lot of circumstances will be decisive. You need to trust that the universe conspired, and you lift the trophy. To arrive in a third final of the Champions League is… ‘chapeau’. I admire him a lot. We all want to win, we need to feel that adrenaline, but to get to the final of the Champions League, that journey is the most important thing. To arrive here is the most difficult thing.
You cannot prepare a friendly game like [you prepare for] a final of the Champions League. When there are one billion watching you in a final, the most important thing is freedom. When you are seven, eight, nine [years old] and you play with freedom, the key is not to think that one billion people are watching you. That is going to be the key
2019 05 31e Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino sat forward and reminded everybody there that it had been five years since he was appointed the Tottenham Hotspur manager] I was thinking today it was my best period here. Today, I signed a contract five years ago and this period is amazing for us.
I think we have bigger things ahead to think about. I have nothing to worry about. I am not more important than the Champions League or the possibility to win a trophy. You ask about me but today the focus is 200 per cent on the final. Rumours are rumours and are there. After the final we will have time to talk, but today I am committed 200% to Tottenham.
2019 06 01 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino believes guiding Tottenham to Champions League success would provide more ‘satisfaction’ than doing so at Manchester United or Manchester City after lavish spending] To win a title in a different project like Tottenham - that means the satisfaction is more. If you win with Manchester City or Manchester United, it’s normal. If you spend a lot of money, you should win or you must win. But at Tottenham, no one expects. And if you build something special, it is going to be remembered forever. If we win the Champions League, it’s going to be a massive example for football - I think forever. I believe in destiny, but when you create your destiny. I don’t believe in sitting here and waiting for something to happen. You create your destiny with your behaviour, with your actions; if you’re natural, spontaneous, genuine in all that you do.
2019 06 01b Retrieve
[Tottenham vs Liverpool. A succession of hardships, from inactivity in the transfer market to the upheaval of leaving White Hart Lane to move into a new ground 18 months later, have forged a robust and mentally tough unit, according to Pochettino] We have come to the crucial part of the season and all of that has made us strong. We have had to overcome those difficulties
2019 06 01c Retrieve
[Proud Mauricio Pochettino targets another Champions League final after Liverpool defeat] I feel very proud about their effort, how we fight. We were unlucky, we conceded a goal on a penalty. We were fighting, and we played so well in the second half. I feel so proud, a little bit unlucky. To start 1-0 down from the start was tough, we changed our plans but we are very proud of these players and these fans. We can be optimistic. That [penalty] was the circumstance we cannot manage or prepare for. You can never believe you will be 1-0 down after a minute.
Mentally it was very tough, it’s about learning and experience, like Liverpool were in this position last year. I am so pleased to manage this group of players, but congratulations to Liverpool. The standards are so high, it wasn’t enough today. It’s a shame. You want to experience this again and repeat it. It is the best game in the world after the World Cup. It’s about trying, believing and building the journey so it happens again as soon as possible
2019 06 01d Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino stands by his decision to start Harry Kane in the Champions League final and has refused to be drawn on his own future at Tottenham] My decisions were all about analytics and thinking and all of the information.
[Pochettino said when quizzed on his future] I think it’s not a moment now to talk too much. You can interpret things in different ways. People want to compare me with different managers but we are in a different project in a different place. After five years in Tottenham it was so clear the project. Our ambition was amazing and the commitment of our players amazing, providing us with our first ever Champions League final. Now it’s to be calm, change our mind and have time to talk. We’ve been playing against a team that three or four years ago was being designed to reach finals, not necessarily to win them, but to get to them.
We are a team that has priorities that is shared with the sporting area. We looked at the qualities of our players but it would have been incredible to have won this trophy and surprised people because Tottenham prioritised their stadium and spent zero on transfers. We’re not the smartest in the class but not the stupidest either
: 2019 06 22 Unable to entice the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone or even River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo, Claudio Tapia had little choice but to turn to Lionel Scaloni, an absolute novice who nevertheless came with the advantage of being extremely cheap and willing to put up with such a shambolic working environment
2019 06 29 Retrieve
[Tottenham manager Mauricio Pocchettino has conceded that he does not set the agenda in terms of transfers at the club] At Manchester City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are free to decide which players they want and which ones they do not. However, in other teams such as Tottenham, Chelsea or Arsenal the make-up of the squad isn’t in the hands of the coaches. Who decides, in our case is the president [Levy].
It is imperative that this year we strengthen the team. We saved a lot of money in almost two years without signing and that should allow us to strengthen ourselves well
2019 07 16 Retrieve
[Pochettino told reporters when quizzed on the future of Christian Eriksen] I hope he will [stay]. I think he is a great player, Christian. One of the biggest talents in football. After five years working with him, I am sure in the way that he plays, and I hope so, yes. But you know, there is a lot of interest. I hope yes, but I don’t know what is going to happen with that
[Eriksen revealed in early June that he was weighing up his options] I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened in Tottenham, nor will it be negative. But I have also said that I would like to try something new. I hope there will be a clarification during the summer. That’s the plan. In football you do not know when a clarification comes. It can happen anytime. Everyone knows it’s best if it happens as soon as possible, but in football takes things time. It depends on [chairman] Daniel Levy and another club has to come. Or I have to sit down at the table and negotiate a new contract. You can’t set a date yourself. There are not many points that Tottenham cannot meet. If I have to go, then hopefully it will be a step up
[He added on links to Liga giants Real] It’s a step up. But it requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want me. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know. It is hard. It depends on the possibilities. If nothing pops up that is more exciting, why not stay in Tottenham? If I then sign a new contract, it depends on the conditions
2019 07 19 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he may have been tempted to leave the club had they lifted the Champions League trophy at the end of last season] If the result had been different, maybe you can think it is a moment to step out of the club and give it a possibility for a real new chapter with a new coaching staff. But, to finish like this? I am not a person who won’t face problems or avoids difficult situations. When you touch the glory, you behave differently, the players behave differently, the challenge becomes different. I know Tottenham. It is not the same as another club. Myself and the coaching staff are not the same, no better or worse, just different. That is a normal mindset but we are getting results with ours
[When asked about the new term] In the last few years, if you compare Tottenham with Liverpool or Manchester City or Manchester United or Arsenal or Chelsea, we cannot forget that we came from a period where the priority was to build our stadium and to play more than two seasons in Wembley. To come up against a great team like Liverpool and then lose the final - it’s difficult to accept. But in the last week we start to train and start to motivate again. Of course you look forward to another season, but there are a lot of things to talk about. Every season is a massive challenge for everyone, because it’s not only my personal challenge, it’s a club challenge and a player challenge. We need time to settle and be in a good place, to try to work and design a plan to be in a very good position in the Premier League and of course in the Champions League
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[Juventus vs Tottenham. From the perspective of Spurs, what is key for them is starting to get over the hurt from their loss to Liverpool little under two months ago] It was difficult to move on after the final. I think we spent our best time as a staff sharing those three weeks [leading up to the final] and how we prepared was unbelievable, the happiness, the atmosphere was the best in five years and it was a shame to finish with a bad feeling. It’s still tough, it still hurts, it’s still difficult, but we need to move on. In the last week we’ve started to train, started to motivate again and of course you look forward to another season. This season is going to be another massive challenge for us but we are brave, we have the motivation and we are going to fight to have another very good season
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[Mauricio Pochettino does not know if Tottenham have made a bid to sign their former player Gareth Bale from Real Madrid] I saw the reports in the media but I don’t know which club is trying to sign him. I don’t have any information from my chairman; I don’t know if it’s us or another club. It’s the job of my chairman
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[Mauricio Pochettino has urged Tottenham supporters to be patient with record signing Tanguy Ndombele despite his impressive debut against Juventus on Sunday] Ndombele is a player that has the capacity to do what he did today. But still it’s too far away in his adaptation. It’s only been one week with us. Today he played more than I expected because our plan was to play him for only 15 minutes, but with the tempo in the second half it was good to give him 30 minutes. We are happy with him but still we don’t expect too much. We know his talent and what he can add to the team but it’s step by step and we will try not to put too much pressure on him. Everything is new for him but I think with the first touch of the ball he started to show his quality. It was amazing and you can see when he runs something can happen. He has the capacity to add to the team different things and I hope during the season he can help the team achieve all that they want
[The game was played at a more frenetic pace than Pochettino would normally like at this stage of pre-season] I think they’re very good games, very competitive. To be honest, we are very sure in our preparation. This has always been a period that we used to play friendlies against League Two sides or games in our training ground. Of course, we are happy because the atmosphere when you beat a team like Juventus is fantastic. The result, though, is not important; it’s about the performance and how we are doing in our fitness. That is our priority for the rest of pre-season
2019 07 24 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino described Son Heung-min as ‘an icon’ and compared the Tottenham attacker to former Manchester United star David Beckham ahead of his side’s clash with the Red Devils. Son featured in Tottenham’s 3-2 International Champions Cup victory over Juventus in Singapore. Asked whether he was taken aback by the adoration on display for Son] No, not surprised. We can appreciate and see how the people love Sonny here in Asia. Of course, he’s an icon. I compared him before to David Beckham in popularity. It doesn’t surprise me but it’s good to see how the people love him and how important he is for the people. I am happy to hear him telling you that he still wants to improve, be better and work hard. That mentality is fantastic and that is why he is a very good example for all the fans and all the people, not only here in Asia but in the world
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[Pochettino is seemingly free to move for any target he lines up, with Levy conceding that a new chapter is being opened at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium] We have embarked in recent years on two major capital projects, which I think in the long term will be of great benefit to the club. We will now continue wherever we can to improve the team. Now it’s [time] to continue to find ways to not only improve the commercial aspects of the club but also the football and continue to be a success.
2019 07 26 Retrieve
[Pochettino sorry for tough tackles in friendly that saw Moussa Sissoko appear to stamp on Dan James] I was a little bit annoyed about some situations, I was not happy. It was a friendly game and in some situations of course when you are tired, when it’s so hot you are not right with the tempo to arrive at the actions, sometimes you arrive late and something can happen. I apologise on behalf of our players to Manchester United
It wasn’t their intention, but sometimes when you are tired you arrive late and some things can happen. And I was worried because in this period of preparation it is sometimes you need to be aggressive and you need to play with passion but sometimes the focus is to build your fitness and develop the way you want to play. Of course I was worried, Manchester United, Eric Bailly got injured and I am sorry for that but he was alone. And always when the players start to build their fitness and start to fight for their place in the team, when something happens in the pre-season it’s always tough and I was a little bit worried, but in the second half the game was a bit more relaxed
2019 07 26b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino refused to be drawn on Toby Alderweireld’s transfer situation amid interest from Manchester United and Roma] Nothing to say about that. I am very focused on working with the players that we have and the club provide us, the coaching staff, and try to help them to improve and work with the players who we are going to have at the end of the transfer market. My position from now for the future so you know, otherwise every time… I’m not going to talk about signing players, selling players, extending the contract of the players or not extending the contract of the players. That is going to be all through the club to update you if they want. I’m not going to communicate or talk about that, I’m going to talk about managing the squad that we have. To make clear because in the future if you’re going to ask me it’ll be a little bit weird because I won’t answer because I don’t have the answer
2019 07 28 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he couldn’t leave his house for 10 days after his side’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool] Yes, it was difficult. We had the most unbelievable three weeks to prepare before the final. [We were] massively disappointed in the way we lost
[The former Argentina international said the magnitude of the defeat could only be matched by another loss from his playing career] It was very bad. I compare with summer 2002, when we drew with Sweden and were beaten by England in the group stage at [the] World Cup, within one week. As a player and as a manager both are the worst moments in my career
[The Argentine said he needed some solitude to try and recover from the bitter disappointment of losing a European final] I took a train from Madrid to Barcelona the day after. I spent 10 days in my home and didn’t want to go out. Yes, it was tough because you nearly touched the glory
[Reflecting on the game at the Wanda Metropolitano, Pochettino insists that his team were the better side on the day] I thought we were better than Liverpool. It wasn’t a great final but small details made the difference
[After some time to recover from the loss, Pochettino says that he is now freshly motivated to go one better in the 2019-20 season] Winners move on quickly. Maybe 10 days like me, or 15. When it’s holidays it’s worse because every day you are thinking the same, but when you start to train you put the bad things in the past. The moment you move on, the fire inside starts to appear again
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[Real Madrid vs Tottenham. Spurs may be coming into the match off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, but a previous win over Juventus, which was marked by a Harry Kane wonder-goal, means that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can at least feel they are on the right track] Both performances have been fantastic. I think the behaviour of the players, on and off the pitch, has been fantastic. We’re building our fitness and the way we want to play for next season. There’s a lot of positive things
2019 07 30b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated he does not control Tottenham’s transfers] I need to repeat in the past few press conferences what I told your colleagues in England. I am not in charge and I know nothing about the situation of my players. I am only coaching them and trying to get the best from them. These type of things will happen or not happen. Sell, buy players, sign contract, not sign contract. I think it is not in my hands, it’s in the club’s hands and in Daniel Levy 9484afd5836d307b314a404d745a9a68. At the moment I am managing the team the best way possible. The club need to change my title and description, no? My job now is to coach the team. It’s not a question for me, it’s a question for the club and maybe they change my title and description. I told you [the media] before I am not in charge about the individual situations. Of course, I am the boss deciding the strategic play, training, mentology and philosophy are my areas, but in another area I don’t know. Today, I feel like I am the coach
[Asked if he should have more say in transfers] It’s difficult to talk like this but I think it’s not in my hands. Only I describe the situation of what happens and I think it’s important for the players and people to know that I am going to be, like I told you before, that I will be happy with the squad that the club are going to provide to me. Of course we will give our best. My mood is always the same and my emotional balance is always similar. I am emotional, but I am a person like everyone that thinks a lot. I only describe the situation to make clear that, if you have some question, I am not the person that is going to [be able to] answer what you want
: 2019 07 31 Mauricio Pochettino is among the 10 nominees that have been shortlisted for Best FIFA Men’s Coach of the year
2019 08 01 Retrieve
[Juan Foyth sustained a ‘very painful’ ankle injury as Tottenham topped Bayern Munich on penalties to claim the Audi Cup] I need to talk with the doctor now. He twisted his ankle but at the moment I cannot update. I saw when he was leaving the pitch and he said to me his ankle was very painful. For sure we will get an update in the next few hours or the next few days
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[Mauricio Pochettino thinks the experience of beating Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the Audi Cup was a valuable one for the youngest members of his Tottenham squad] It was a very positive experience. I am so happy with the performance and behaviour of the players. We are learning a lot and improving a lot every day. I am so happy and we keep going. When you play a team like Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, always to have this sort of experience is an amazing thing for the players - for the young players and of course for the senior players to build their fitness and be stronger every day. We are having a very tough pre-season but we are competing very well and if we create this habit to compete really well, of course it’s going to help us in the season to try to fight for big things
[He has been impressed with what he has seen so far, noting that they have shown their character as much as their talent] No doubt about that. They showed great character in Singapore and in China playing against Juventus and Manchester United and now against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. It’s clear that we have young players, maybe with not too much experience, but with great character and personality and that is a very important thing
2019 08 04 Retrieve
[Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has ruled midfielder Dele Alli out of the beginning of the Premier League season] I don’t know if the club have communicated how long [Alli will be out] but I don’t believe he’s going to be ready for the start of the season. It’s the same area [as previous injuries]. Yes, of course we are worried. He’s still so young. Just 23-years-old and many, many hamstring problems in the last few years. He must pay attention to what’s going on in his body, but we are here to try to help him. I think it’s a minor injury, only a few weeks until he can be available again and be with the group
With Juan Foyth I think the medical staff are going to update in the next few days. I cannot say more because I don’t know exactly how much time. For sure it is a tough injury and for sure it is many weeks he is going to be out. We hope he can recover as soon as possible. Serge Aurier, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier were at the training ground today, for different reasons they are short in their preparation. Rather than play today it was important to train and to try to be fit as soon as possible
[Despite the injuries, Pochettino said he was content with his squad, although he hasn’t spoken with chairman Daniel Levy about transfer business] [Levy] is in Miami and I didn’t have the opportunity to speak with him. I am happy with my squad. We’ll see what happens in the next few days
2019 08 05 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham cannot expect too much from Tanguy Ndombele despite investing a club-record £65 million in him] For him it’s difficult. We cannot expect too much. We need to accept he needs time to adapt to first a new culture, a new country, new habits. Of course it’s only him who arrived to the club and that makes it more difficult. When a few players are new they can help each other but it’s only him. We need to give him time but I am happy in the way he is adapting. He is open to improving and learning but needs time to [until we] see the best version of him
[Pochettino has hinted at further additions, although he has previously pointed out that recruitment calls lie outside of his control as head coach] I am happy with my squad. In every season we are always open to improve the squad and to try to find the right players to be stronger and better and there are still four days. We’ll see what happens in the next few days
2019 08 09 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino claims to be in the dark when it comes to Tottenham’s efforts to land Paulo Dybala on transfer deadline day, while he is also unsure what the future holds for Christian Eriksen] It is true that we were linked with a lot of players. Such a name like you are telling me now. These are rumours and you never know if they are true. I am now going to start my sixth season at Tottenham and lots of players are linked with moving in and moving out. Of course, it is difficult for the fans to know, but I cannot speak about rumours and players at other clubs. I cannot talk about rumours. Maybe yes, maybe no. We signed very good talented young players like Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele. They are still young and can improve. They are not a final product and they need to prove they can be a top player at a club like Tottenham. They have the talent to improve. We will provide the platform for them to improve and be the players we expect they can be
We will see what happens, but I am so happy. I was happy before, but now I am even more happy. I am a happy man.
[He said when asked about Eriksen] It is not right to talk about personal situations. It is all rumours. We cannot waste time talking about every single rumour. The players who are here, I am more than happy to have. Of course, we are at this point where European clubs have 20 days more, and I think that was a big mistake. We open the door to other clubs to cause a confusion within your squad. I think we need to go back and change to operate in the same way. The Premier League cannot give this advantage to the European clubs. It can create a mess in clubs in England
2019 08 09b Retrieve
[Tottenham will be without several players for their Premier League opener against Aston Villa but Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy with his squad after a successful transfer window] I am very happy. I was happy with my squad and to add some more players, they can bring good energy and help us to achieve what we want. I was focused on trying to work hard to coach in the best way. I hoped the club would do the job that we want to try to bring players in and to try to be competitive with our opponents
[Pochettino admitted 19-year-old wing-back Ryan Sessegnon could be held back before entering the first-team equation] He doesn’t have that much experience in the Premier League, maybe he is a little bit behind Lo Celso and Ndombele in age - they have more experience playing in a top level. Maybe he needs three or four weeks out of the group, and we will see how he adapts. I think we have made signings for the future. The players will have opportunities to play. There is no pressure on him, or Lo Celso or Tanguy, they arrive from different leagues and they still need to adapt to the new philosophy and the new club. It is the responsibility of the senior players to help them, but it is important to give them time
2019 08 10 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to finally add some silverware to his trophy cabinet with Tottenham this season] A good season for us? My personal feeling is that starting my sixth season I need to lift a trophy - Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League or Champions League. It’s like my dog - he’s growing up, he’s just not quite mature enough. I don’t want to put pressure on the team or the club. But if you ask me personally, this season is not about finishing in the top four to be successful - although of course maybe that matters for the club. But for me, it is about winning some title
After last season’s final, to be again in the top four and reach the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, it is like, ‘Come on!’. You are always there but you cannot touch the glory. That is personally - me. My personal target, objective, aim to be successful this season, is to lift a trophy
2019 08 10b Retrieve
[Tottenham vs Aston Villa. Mauricio Pochettino is more than satisfied with his new recruits and feels that they can help push the club onto new highs] I am very happy. I was happy with my squad and to add some more players, they can bring good energy and help us to achieve what we want. I was focused on trying to work hard to coach in the best way. I hoped the club would do the job that we want to try to bring players in and to try to be competitive with our opponents. I think we have made signings for the future. The players will have opportunities to play. They arrive from different leagues and they still need to adapt to the new philosophy and the new club
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[Mauricio Pochettino insisted he has no issue with Jan Vertonghen after leaving the defender out of his squad for Tottenham’s 3-1 Premier League opening-day win over Aston Villa. Pochettino said Vertonghen’s omission was purely tactical] With all the players fit, in the future we’re going to struggle to find the starting 11. We have more than 25 that are knocking on the door of the first team. We have plenty of very good players in all the positions. We cannot play with 13 or 14. It’s always the judgement of the manager and coaching staff. If we lose, my decisions were so bad; if we win, we keep going. I’m going to play the players who I believe deserve to play. There’s not any issue. Jan for sure, like any other player who didn’t play today, is going to have to work hard for the opportunity to play, and show me that I was wrong when they didn’t play
[Pochettino admitted his first-half game plan did not work] We were a little bit confused but it’s always my fault because I’m the manager. Our positional game … it didn’t work in the first half, to be honest. We started to make rash decisions and found positions that didn’t help us. That was my fault. Second half we fixed that problem. We helped the team to move the ball better. Adding Christian fresh helped the team to achieve the victory, but we are talking about a top-quality player
2019 08 16 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Christian Eriksen could still leave the club] You know more than me, things can still happen. It is not in my hands if something happens or not. Still we need to wait until September 2 and hope there are not too many changes or not too many problems for us. We need to assess the circumstances. We will see what happens between now and September 2. Like we can change our minds, a player can change his, so until September 2 it is difficult to tell you if this will be the bravest group of players. The team is still not settled how I expected it to be. We are still working in trying to make sure it is finished come September 2. That will be the moment to have a big conversation with the whole squad and settle the principle
[Defender Jan Vertonghen was left out of the squad entirely for the opener] One thing is [Vertonghen] is fit. Another is to decide if to include or not in the starting 11 or squad. That is completely different. You don’t need to ask him after the game or before if you see him is there a problem or not. He is fit. My decision was that he was not involved
2019 08 17 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino said he is ready to go head-to-head with Pep Guardiola, though he insisted football is a collective sport] For me, the best thing to see who is the best is to go there, brave managers, put like [heavyweight boxer] Anthony Joshua and create a ring and fight. I don’t know [who would win]. He is strong. You don’t know. That is a joke. But it is not me with another coach. It is not me and Pep. I am so brave on the touchline because I know that is never going to happen, so I shout and everything. That is the point - I love to compare my team with another team. Football is a collective sport. It’s not a personal competition. Maybe another way is to put the ball in the middle with two goals and play one-on-one. Maybe we need a competition between the 20 managers
2019 08 17b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says winning a trophy this season is a purely personal objective and not a barometer for Tottenham as a club] Of course, it was always my priority [to win trophies], but it was a big priority to help the club. It doesn’t change that. Always my priority is to win, to win games and trophies. I think a few days ago someone asked me what my aim was for this season. My personal objective is to win a trophy, but that doesn’t mean that winning a trophy is compulsory, or that it will be an unsuccessful season if we do not win a trophy
Personally, if at the end we do not win a trophy, for myself that is going to be an unsuccessful season. But that does not mean that it will be unsuccessful for the club. That is for myself, not the collective
2019 08 17c Retrieve
[Manchester City vs Tottenham. Mourinho suggested last week that Spurs were one of the teams who could win the league this season, and Pochettino was appreciative for the vote of confidence] Wow. I love Mou. You know very well, he’s so clever and so sarcastic sometimes. That’s why he’s one of the best managers in the world and I respect his opinion. Of course I’m grateful because a manager like Mourinho believes we have the potential to be contenders. That’s important. We have our belief and faith in us and we know very well us but that compliment helps us to believe in ourselves a little bit more
2019 08 17d Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino admits he is still adapting to the use of VAR in football despite seeing the technology come to his side’s rescue once again to grab a draw against Manchester City] We need to accept that [VAR]. I was a little bit critical of VAR but now we have to accept the rules. Now it benefits us. No doubt it won’t benefit us at other times. It’s a rule we need to accept
[Pochettino was happy to see his charges take something from the game, he nevertheless wants to see improvements as the season progresses] I’m very pleased with a point and but also knowing we need to improve. We are in a process where we need to improve in all areas and the team is going to improve step by step but we need time. It was an unbelievable goal [by Lucas Moura]. Always when you play a team like Manchester City, you have to play your best
2019 08 17e Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino admits transfer uncertainty makes times tough for Tottenham] I think it’s not an excuse. I am not complaining about the situation, only explaining it. Of course, we still need to wait to see what happens with our squad. Maybe some players are still in a situation where things can happen. We are not a closed squad where nobody is going to move. Maybe nobody will move. The circumstances are that things are still open. The market in Europe makes things difficult in the way that we work and this type of situation doesn’t help the coaching staff to create a good dynamic.
Of course, we are going to start our sixth season at Tottenham and I think we’re world champions at adapting ourselves to different circumstances. It’s a great experience. We are going to be one of the best coaching staffs in the world at adapting to circumstances. Today when you play against a team like Manchester City, with all the circumstances we have inside our team, I think 2-2 and a point is massive. Credit to the team and everyone who is working hard, trying to keep going, working, trying to not be focused on the circumstances, just positive, faith and hope. That is massive. I don’t know if people realise or not. I don’t care about that. Only that the circumstances are not the best and the challenge is massive. So happy because the will of the players, their commitment and with all the circumstances we’re trying to get a good result for the club and for our fans
2019 08 19 Retrieve
[Pochettino hopes Premier League will reverse ‘massive mistake’ of early transfer deadline] I wasn’t in agreement [with the early close of the Premier League transfer window] but at that moment they believed that was best for the clubs. But I think he [Levy] and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake. I hope that we fix the problem for the next season. I think we need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it’s massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League. It’s so clear that I cannot be happy as a coach that in the last three or four weeks that certain clubs from Europe can unsettle your team. For me it’s not common sense and we need to go back quick, hope they have a good conversation at the Premier League and go back quickly [to how it was]
[Against Manchester City on Saturday, Spurs came up against former right-back Kyle Walker - now replaced in their starting eleven by youngster Kyle Walker-Peters] I don’t like to complain but when Kyle Walker was at Tottenham and we sold him to City for £55 million two years ago, Kyle Walker-Peters was a kid. Now we’ve sold Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters is playing. Maybe he was the fourth, fifth option when Kyle Walker was here so I think it’s important people realise we’re building players and that they’re still young. So it’s a process that is completely different when you compare it to Manchester City, to Manchester United or Arsenal, Chelsea, teams like this. They are preparing themselves to win. We are playing to try to win but we have different resources to fight in the same race with teams that operate in a completely different way. We’re in a process where every season is: rebuild the team. I am so happy because that makes us stronger and be creative. But of course it’s tough
2019 08 23 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says Son Heung-min will be ready to take on Newcastle United after serving a Premier League suspension] I think Lo Celso is a situation that is not going to be easy. He was in extended holidays after the Copa America, he didn’t have a proper pre-season and didn’t train too much. Then signed for us after a week without training. He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect from him. We need to give him time. He was involved [on Saturday] and will maybe have the possibility to help the team in some points, but we won’t expect too much from him. We need to not put the responsibility on him, only to improve and adapt himself with us and see. It’s a natural process to learn and improve. In the moment he will be fit and deserves to play then sure he will have the chance like other players
Unlucky for him that [the ban] was over the holiday. I think he was training really, really hard to keep fit and improve in different areas. We are happy in the last few weeks he was unbelievable in the way he was available to train and compete in every single training session and I hope it’s going to help the team from now. I think it was a good opportunity for him to build his fitness and have a proper pre-season which sometimes when you’re involved in competition is difficult. For him, looking at last season which was really, really complicated for him and difficult and we used that situation and trying to be positive and helping him to get really fit to help him and the team. Because the pre-season is so important for every player, but sometimes the priority is holidays and this type of situation with him it was so clear that he was going to be suspended for two games and the plan was to provide him with good quality training to improve in different areas - and when the moment he is available to play to be in the perfect condition
2019 08 23b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino insists his Tottenham team selections cannot be considered experiments as he prepares to take on Newcastle United] Experiment? I’m not a scientist. I am not a chemist. You are talking about experimenting. That is in some room outside of this training room. We are coaches and we do our job, we don’t experiment. We train people who have the ability to play football. Then that’s it. Please don’t compare us with doctors or people in university studying a lot. I have a lot of respect for the people who do what you say, experiment, to help life. But for us to find solutions, only I am a football coach, far away from the people who work in science or at university. I have full respect for them.
I think if we’re going to talk about the extra pressure, it’s a little bit early. We didn’t feel the pressure of the Champions League final so, after our second game, we’re not going to. Speculation is there, perception is there, I think we are going to try to play the game and try to win. Football is football and you have to respect your opponent. Newcastle are going to be a tough opponent. It’s going to be a very difficult opponent. They need to start to win points, they’ll be tough. They have a new manager, new signings. All that is going to make them more focused and try to be compact. For us, after a good result at City, our trust and confidence is high and at the same point believing Newcastle will be tough. We have to beat them
2019 08 23c Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama went backwards during his time with Spurs, adding the club is not a charity in regards to playing time] It’s all about performance. Football is for today and tomorrow, not yesterday. You need always to show that you are there and deserve [to be there]. In the case of Victor, he suffered an injury and another player stepped up and took his place. We are in a team, we are not a charity
[While Pochettino did say it wasn’t specifically just about Wanyama, as he has given similar answers of late when questioned over the absence of Jan Vertonghen from the squad] I am making clear the answer is not about Victor, but we are not a charity - it is about performance and the coaching staff have a lot of different options to play different players. I am the coach, I need to take the decision and hope it will be right. Victor is a very important player and, for different circumstances, went backwards. That is the evolution of football and things like that happen naturally at all clubs
2019 08 24 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has said Christian Eriksen’s on-going uncertainty is detrimental to the player and the club] It’s not the best situation for him [Eriksen] and for everyone. It is not what I think the club or the player expected [it] to be. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You try to minimalise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances. I am always open to help the club and to help the decision of [chairman] Daniel [Levy]. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy, but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And for the player, too. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Tottenham vs Newcastle United. Mauricio Pochettino was happy with his club’s business in the transfer window but is still sweating on the futures of Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen as the European window drags on] It’s not the best situation for him and for everyone. It is not what I think the club or the player expected it to be. You cannot put a finger on the problem. You try to minimise the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances. I know really well that decisions like this are not easy but I always try to be in the position to take the best benefit for the club. And for the player, too. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides
2019 08 25b Retrieve
[Tottenham (0) vs (1) Newcastle United. Mauricio Pochettino bristled at being asked if Chrstian Eriksen has played his last game for Tottenham after he was named on the bench for their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United] I don’t know [if Eriksen has played his last game]. Why do you ask me? Do you know something? It is so difficult the situation
[Pressed on why he did not pick Eriksen] I can only pick 11. I understand the question. If we win 3-0 or 4-0 then these questions aren’t asked
[VAR backed up Dean’s decision, with the technology having rescued Spurs in their 2-2 draw against Manchester City last time out] I am going to have the chance now to see it, but I trust and am fully committed to the VAR. When it’s for us I’m more than happy and when it’s not for us I will respect it, but nothing to complain about
2019 08 26 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says there’s an easy explanation as to why his Tottenham team couldn’t beat Newcastle at home: they didn’t play well] I think it’s easy. We didn’t play well. Very disappointed with our performance and the result in the end. Again we conceded a very cheap goal in the first half and then it was difficult. They showed that they were very well organised with their defensive line and they were very compact. For us we weren’t capable of breaking down their organisation
[Pochettino put the sterility of Spurs’ dominance down to a lack of desire] We created some chances. Not too many, not enough to be honest. That is why we’re very disappointed with the performance and the result but we cannot justify our performance. We should be playing better, more desire, more capacity to be more aggressive in this type of game, because 80 per cent of possession is too much for only a few shots on target
[VAR reviewed the incident and upheld the referee’s decision] Look, I am going to have the chance now to see it, but I trust and am fully committed to the VAR. Of course before starting working with the VAR I was critical because I didn’t like it before but in the moment that we all accept the VAR and rules we have to accept the element that is going to help the referee to make better decisions
2019 08 30 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has poured cold water on stupid rumours over his future at Tottenham ahead of the North London Derby this weekend] What can I say about stupid rumours? After five years now I start my sixth season. You know how we worked this summer to rebuild and update because from each summer, version 2.0, 3.0 - now we’re version 6.0 MP software. Only social media can create something that stupid. I will not walk away after Sunday’s game. I will be working Monday and Tuesday and then going away for a few days and coming back to meet Daniel Levy and watch some internationals.
Do you bet? It’s closed now! You lose your money! I was with Daniel Levy and Jesus Perez, we were at dinner in London [yesterday]. Was very good. We talked about everything. We needed that conversation, very positive. The most important thing is to help the team on the pitch and make sure the communication is clear. I hope that I can extend my life here. Sure it’s good for us and good for the club. In the end, it’s in the hands of the players and the results, and the last word will be with Daniel
2019 08 31 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino claims to have turned down multiple job offers since taking over Tottenham, though he does not believe it is anything special for managers to receive interest] Yes, I have had plenty [of offers to leave]. Plenty in five years and Daniel [Levy] knows about some - but not all! [The offers were] from everywhere. Daniel knows very well how our commitment with the club is. It’s massive, it’s more than what is normal. But it’s normal that different managers [to get offers]. If you ask [Pep] Guardiola, if you ask [Jurgen] Klopp, if you so ask the best managers… For sure Guardiola is working in City and receives a call from a different club. Or Klopp or a different manager. It does not make it special to me. You asked me and that is my honest answer. But I don’t want it, so don’t use it to say how good I am because I said ‘no’!
[Pochettino also downplayed any past interest in leaving] No, because last year when I signed the contract here it was because I wanted to help the club to finish the stadium, to move into the stadium, be sure we are going to move and that it matches the dynamic and not create an issue. That was my personal commitment with Daniel. In this moment one year ago, it would have been easy to say, ‘OK, we’ve been here four years, let’s find another challenge and move on’ because always people at Tottenham will remember us very nicely.
But we showed our commitment with the club and personally with Daniel because we knew it was going to be a difficult summer, impossible to sign players, impossible to move players and we had to keep the same squad while trying to deliver the job. I am very happy to be here, very proud. Five years we signed for and started a project at a very different club - and now we are one of the best clubs in the world. We have played in the final of the Champions League and now the aim is to remain competitive for the future
2019 08 31b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says Christian Eriksen’s Tottenham future will be settled one way or another on Saturday] The good thing is if nothing happens on Saturday. Because Sunday’s the game and it’s not going to happen on Monday - there’d be no real time to do something. On Saturday we are going to know if Christian is going to be with us or not
People will say: ‘Why are you playing Christian?’ The team-mates can say: ‘Why are you playing Christian if the rumour is he’s going to leave? Gaffer, why am I not playing when Christian is looking to go away?’. In this situation there are plenty of things that happen inside that I cannot translate to the media and our fans. The most important is to trust in our judgement. If people have the information to make this decision, it’s us
2019 08 31c Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has highlighted the differences between his club’s philosophy and that of North London rivals Arsenal ahead of the game between the sides on Sunday] Arsenal, in the last two years, signed Aubameyang, the best striker in Germany; Lacazette, the best striker in France and, one year after, Nicolas Pepe. If you see us in five years … now our main striker is Harry Kane but our second specific striker is 17 years old, Troy Parrott. That is the difference in the projects. I don’t want to say one is wrong and another is good. It’s only that the way we operate is completely different and, afterwards, we need to compete. [Formula One team] Mercedes compete with Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull. After, we compete in the same race and, if you judge, the judgments need not only to be on the race but the whole process. That is why sometimes it’s fair and sometimes it’s not fair
If you do an exercise and see Liverpool when Klopp arrived - a little over one year after me - when we played that 0-0 … not one player from the starting XI is in their starting XI today. If you compare with us, we have eight or nine still in the starting XI. Look at the difference. You know very well that the debt of our club is £600m with the banks and, for sure, when you are delivering a project that Tottenham have been delivering in the last five years, you cannot compare with another club. That is why Tottenham need to be judged under some circumstances and not when you compare the team with another team like Manchester City
2019 09 01 Retrieve
[Arsenal v Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino will be looking at the derby as the perfect catalyst to raise the intensity of his side’s performance and give their season the jump-start it appears to be needing] Always, you need to win. If you’re coming off the back of a bad result like we are, you need to win. If you’re coming from a good result, you need to win again. Criticism in football comes when you don’t win. It’s not important what happened in the past, only what happens now, in the present. We know well what this game means. I’m lucky to be involved in this type of game. I love to play this type of game and I’m so excited and optimistic that we will perform in the best way
2019 09 01b Retrieve
[Arsenal (2) vs (2) Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino said it would be ‘nearly impossible’ for Christian Eriksen to leave Tottenham after his goal helped Spurs] The whole team had a very good performance. Eriksen had a big performance. His mind was clear that he wanted to play. It’s nearly impossible for something to happen [with a transfer tomorrow], that’s why it was clear. I think it was a great game for both sides. I think we did very well and we were very solid and created a lot of chances. In the first half it was a great 45 minutes and I was a little bit ashamed to concede before half time. We have massive quality and from tomorrow [when the transfer window shuts] we will all be on the same page. With Christian Eriksen we have to wait but it shows it was the right decision to play him. He showed a great performance and helped the team to get a point here
[Lacazette’s goal in stoppage time at the end of the half gave the Gunners the encouragement they needed to peg back their rivals late in the game] I am optimistic and happy to work with the squad and try to fight for big things for the club. What happened in the past happened in the past and you cannot fix it. It is about drawing a strong line for the future. It’s important to move on and learn from the past.
2019 09 12 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says Christian Eriksen has always been happy at Tottenham] He has always been happy here. Of course, everyone has their aims and challenges, but I told you before the Arsenal game that he was in the right mind. That’s why I selected him. He is such an important player for us and one we appreciate a lot. He is happy and if he can play, he will. All the decisions will be made on performances
It is so important to re-focus. This is the squad that we are going to have until January, when the rumours will appear again. The most important now is the collective. We must put aside the individual situations and be all together again
[Pochettino had been hoping to have his Spurs squad even stronger by this point] It’s a sad situation. I’m very disappointed because Giovani Lo Celso had the first month to adapt to the club. Everything was going in a good way. Now we have to wait for him, but at the same time we have to be positive and give him a quality recovery so that when he is ready, he is strong and can help the team. Nothing is going to change the reality. We are all disappointed, the national team are sad too. We cannot change the situation and that is why it is so important to anticipate these things. These relationships are important, and, in this situation, we must not blame someone
2019 09 12b Retrieve
[Pochettino insists Kieran Trippier was not forced out at Tottenham] I didn’t see [his interview], but I heard about it. We had a conversation where he explained he was going to move to Atletico Madrid - nothing more. On Wednesday, when Harry Kane arrived back [from international duty] he said to me, ‘Did you get Kieran’s text?’ I said no because I changed my number. Maybe because he doesn’t have the new number. He believed his words were twisted - I don’t know anything more. Kieran translated this message to me through Harry Kane. He wanted to tell me. But I’ve got no problem with Kieran. In football decisions happen and players move from one club to another. What happened, happened, and we need to move on and he needs to think of Atletico Madrid and be happy there
[The defender had three years left on his contract, but, according to Pochettino, he had his eyes set on Madrid] In the only conversation when he arrived [back] after the summer, he came to see me, he asked me for a meeting and said, ‘Gaffer, I think I have a good possibility and for different reasons I would like to accept the offer from Atletico Madrid’. He didn’t ask me nothing - only whether the club were going to accept the offer. Nothing more. It wasn’t a conversation - ‘You want me? Or you don’t want me?’ It was so clear. He played the final of the Champions League, when I had plenty of different options, with Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Kyle Walker-Peters. But he played the final of the Champions League. My actions speak louder than my words
[Despite Trippier’s move and the ensuing drama that has come from it, Pochettino says he still has a high opinion of the defender] I keep very good memories from him. We sign him from Burnley [in summer 2014] when they were relegated, bought him for £4million. He was worried about whether he would play. I said to him don’t worry we are going to provide the best platform for performance and later one-and-a-half years he was in the starting XI. He reached the national team, played the World Cup and now he’s with Atletico Madrid. He was in the second division when we signed him. We all feel proud to help him to achieve his dream and to reach a level that he wasn’t at before he arrived at Tottenham. That talks very highly about Tottenham, talks very highly about him, and we are more than happy that he is enjoying the new experience in Spain. I hope he has a good life there
2019 09 14 Retrieve
[Pochettino warns Tottenham wantaways Eriksen & Alderweireld to ‘refocus’ or be dropped] I think we are all agreed that Tottenham always have more rumours than other clubs. In one month, I think it will start again with the rumours, for sure, because the situation of the squad is going to help those rumours appear. I think we talk a lot. Now it is a time to be positive. Victor Wanyama is in my plans. Christian is in my plans. Now they are going to have the same possibility as another player to play. Before, I understood that they were in a difficult situation and of course always we try to help them, to help the club, to do their business. But I said to you, it’s not easy. When it’s one player [who wants to leave], OK, but when it’s a few players, who start to make it difficult to create a good dynamic, a positive dynamic… but now it’s time to be positive. Now we need to start to win games. That is our objective. Be refocused, and who is not refocused is going to be out
[Pochettino expects the Denmark midfielder to remain committed to Spurs regardless of whether he extends his contract] When you sign the contract, like Christian who signed for five or six years, you need to be committed from day one to the last day. He isn’t not going to show the commitment because there’s only one year left. The difference is whether he wants to extend the contract or not. Different players have different goals
2019 09 18 Retrieve
[Olympiacos vs Tottenham. Pochettino will be aiming for a smoother passage this time around and was buoyed by the manner in which Palace were swatted away at the weekend, with all four goals in a 4-0 win coming in the first half] The performance showed we are a good . I’m so happy for the team and happy to build for a really good 21 days, with six games ahead. We need to improve a lot and be consistent. There’s a lot of work to do
2019 09 18b Retrieve
[Pochettino is far from happy with his team’s start to the season, particularly on the defensive side of the ball after watching his side throw away a two-goal lead at Olympiacos on Wednesday] In the beginning of this season we are conceding a lot of chances and lots of goals and we need to change that. The only way we can change is being more demanding from ourselves. That is the way we are going to approach the different days and be more consistent
2019 09 18c Retrieve
[Pochettino blasts players after Spurs struggle to Olympiacos draw] I feel very disappointed. To be honest, first half, I wasn’t happy with our performance. From the beginning, we had a plan. We didn’t respect the plan. I told the players at half-time. We scored two goals but if you only analyse the performance, it wasn’t great. We conceded a lot of chances to them and the first goal was so painful. We didn’t translate that type of aggression these types of games demand. How many times didn’t we anticipate? And how were we not proactive like we were against Crystal Palace? At this level, you need to match your opponent. That is the first demand
It’s disappointing because we are not talking about quality, we are talking about intensity, will and aggression. We need to be optimistic and positive. It’s only the beginning, a point here and now we need to be ready for Saturday when we play Leicester and that’s going to be another tough game
2019 09 20 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has no concerns over Christian Eriksen’s form and commitment ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Leicester City] No, I am happy with the performance. Maybe Olympiacos wasn’t his best game, like the team. The collective performance wasn’t the best from us. I am happy with the commitment of Christian. He ran a lot and was very committed with the team. I am not concerned about him
We need to improve in this type of situation - leading against Arsenal, leading 2-0 against Olympiakos. We are not talking about quality, we are talking to be in this type of situation to manage it better. Look, a few months ago we played the final of the Champions League, we were not talking about mentality because we played the final. We got a lot of praise because we played the final
[Where Pochettino appeared more frustrated in the immediate aftermath of the Olympiacos game was with an accusation that his players failed to respect the plan] We were talking at half-time that our positional game, the plan was different and that is why we changed after 20 minutes, we decided to play with Lucas [Moura] close to Harry Kane as a striker, with Christian on the right and Dele [Alli] on the left. We all agree, for different reasons, we didn’t play in the way we planned to play, but this happens. It happens at Tottenham, it happens at different teams and the most important is to realise and to fix the problem
2019 09 20b Retrieve
[Pochettino questions Tottenham after inconsistent start] We will see at the end of the season. At the moment I don’t believe this is the best squad. But I think if you only see the results… it’s easy to say the better squad was last season’s squad because we got to the final of the Champions League. But we will see if we can repeat, or if we win some trophy, maybe we can talk about this is being the best squad
[He stands by that criticism, but thinks the squad is starting to put those problems behind them] I know I’m going to get criticised for being too honest when I said the team wasn’t settled enough to be ready to compete but that was the truth. I didn’t say that the rumours were unsettling the team. I said that personal situations every single season change… when different situations happen at the same time, in the same room, it is normal that you need to be careful about how you are going to manage and after you need time to refocus the goal. I think we are improving and I think we have a massive room to improve and for sure I’m very optimistic that we are going to improve a lot
2019 09 21 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino claimed the goal his side had disallowed by VAR inspired Leicester City to their victorious fightback at the King Power Stadium] It gives belief to a team that could have been dead. Both sides are affected by this situation. If we score the second, the game is over. That is football. It is true to concede two goals every game makes it difficult to win. Before we concede we were the best side. After we concede at 1-1 we had chances to score the second. But in Premier League it is the most beautiful league because it is never over
[It meant Pochettino was left to rue another miserable Premier League away day without victory] We need to improve our performance away from home. We are going to work hard and improve. In the big picture, I am disappointed but very positive and optimistic
2019 09 24 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino took issue with a question regarding how seriously Tottenham will take the Carabao Cup this year] How seriously? Like all the games. We took [Leicester] seriously and we took seriously the game we lost against Newcastle. We are going to take everything seriously. We need to avoid this type of question because it’s a question that [suggests] we don’t take matches seriously. If we play Hugo Lloris - because he didn’t play [against Leicester] - are we going to take it more seriously than if we play Paulo Gazzaniga? Did we take [Leicester] less seriously because we played Paulo instead of Hugo?
This type of question we need to avoid because we show a lack of respect to the squad and the players. I don’t want to be rude with you because I am a nice person, but it surprises me this type of question because if I say something you twist my words. All the competitions we take seriously. The young players need games to improve and try to show their quality and maybe fight for a place in the starting XI in the Champions League or the Premier League. We are going to have a mix. We will assess the squad because we are going to have a very tough period and we need to manage that. We are going to be there (at Colchester) trying to win the game
2019 09 24b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says that Tottenham need to do something different] We are working so hard to put everyone on the same page. Only we need time. January is going to be a good opportunity too to fix this situation and the next one. That is the problem when something happens that you cannot control. It means we are human and in football to keep the successful period in football you need to be different every season and find different solutions. We need to do something different and we will do that
[Pochettino says that a less-than-ideal preseason is one of the causes of the team’s’s current issues] I think we talked a lot in pre-season. We have experience in football and it’s so important the feelings were how I explained in pre-season but now it’s not about what I said in pre-season. it’s about that we knew or I knew it would be a tough situation. When you have an unsettled squad always it’s difficult and you lose time and then you need time to recover the time you lose. That’s where we are. Maybe our performances are good but you need this extra, which is mental, connection, it’s energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad. We need time again to build that togetherness that you need when you are competing at this level
2019 09 26 Retrieve
[Asked whether this was the toughest point of a tenure that began in 2014] No, the most difficult was the first season and then during a few [other] seasons it was tough in some periods. I am so relaxed, I become more relaxed in these ‘difficult’ or ‘tough’ moments. Then [you only need] one result. We deserved to win the game against Leicester. Three points more and we are third in the table. We are talking about a fantastic season and a fantastic performance. [People would say], ‘Wow - what quality players and an amazing coaching staff and manager, we are performing in the best way and winning games’. The line is so thin between one or another and sometimes in football it happens that you don’t have the luck you deserve
[He moved to clarify that, while there were issues he needed to address during pre-season, these hinderances were now behind them] You ask me, and I give you an answer. You expect me to be honest. Because you are so clever you ask me, you make me talk and after you use my words and my speech. For me, this type of situation that I was talking about, today is in the past. Of course, there are some collateral consequences and damage we need to fix. We are in a moment when we are fixing problems to try to be better and start to get the results that we expect to win the games. We are not so far away because I think our performances are not as bad as the feeling or the emotion or the atmosphere that we create. I think that I am sure that we are going to start to win game, perform as well and we need time to find the solution. We are trying to find the solution
2019 09 29 Retrieve
[After the midweek defeat by League Two Colchester Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino suggested there were players in the dressing room who have different agendas] No [Pochettino’s comment isn’t accurate]. I think this performance speaks for itself in terms of everyone fighting for the badge. That is in the past. All I can say is that I am proud of all my team-mates.
2019 11 01 Retrieve
[Pochettino backs Dele Alli to overcome ‘massive pressure’ and rediscover Tottenham form] We need to remember that Dele is so young and the demand, the pressure on him is massive. Everyone expects big things: he’s English, he’s an international, but he’s still 23 years old. He was fantastic, and of course he dropped a little bit in his performance, but we need to help and to back him, not to pay attention too much and try to improve and be strong again
[Pochettino is calling for his players to be positive as they look to get their season back on track] It was an important week to recover feelings after a tough game against Liverpool. It was important again to create that atmosphere that you want. It’s a situation that only we can fix, winning games. We need to be positive - that positivity makes us believe we can beat any team. At the moment, we struggle a little bit, we drop a lot in our confidence. The most important thing is how we’re going to finish. It’s not nice to see yourself in the middle of the table, but that is our reality and we need to accept it. If you do not accept reality, you’re going to struggle. In our minds, we know very well we need time, to be strong, be solid, and start winning because that’s going to be the best thing for us
In general, always managers want players at home. For Giovani Lo Celso, it’s going to be tough because, again, when he’s nearly fit to start again, he needs to go away and changing the dynamic of the training session, something can happen. Being honest, I am not happy, but I accept [it] because I always defend the national team and I always back the decision of the national team. I was a player - I know how it feels to play for your flag. What can I do? Nothing, only to show or describe my feelings
2019 11 02 Retrieve
[Pochettino encourages Alli to rediscover the devil within] We know very well that Dele is going to be back. His mentality is good. After a tough period, always you need time to recover the feelings and performance. As long as you are consistent and working hard, you are going to arrive again because the quality is there. It’s still there inside of him. We spoke with him about improving different areas. But for sure the devil is going to appear again. I don’t know when. But for sure it will. If you go back, we all criticised him. But remember I said I said I liked this Dele Alli. Because sometimes players being a bit naughty makes that difference
Dele is capable again of performing in the way the he expects and his family expects, us, the club. When you show the qualities he showed when he was a 20-year-old and a 21-year-old, when you drop it is normal that people are going to criticise because they find it difficult to understand why you drop in terms of assists or goals in your game. But in every single talented young player, at some point the level drops. Some players need more or less time again to be in the best form. I think every coach must support, back your player and help your player because when Dele was scoring goals it was easy to embrace him but now when he is maybe not at his best, it is the most difficult to embrace him and say I trust in you and you are going to have time to be again the best. It is easy now to criticise him
2019 11 02b Retrieve
[Pochettino reveals Spurs will discuss how to handle racism ahead of Red Star match] Of course we are going to talk. But the most important thing is not to give it publicity today because when people are talking, you encourage people do something. We need to go there and think nothing is going to happen. We’ve got to trust in the UEFA protocol. We can’t go there and think, ‘Oh, something is going to happen’. We trust that we are going to handle the situation in the best way if it happens again, as it happened to England. But I am always a person that trusts that people can learn and improve
2019 11 03 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has lent his support to Andre Gomes after the Everton midfielder was stretchered off with a horrific injury in the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Tottenham] We feel very sorry. It was a really bad situation and bad luck with how he landed in the action and we can only send our best wishes and, of course, we are devastated for the situation. Football is not important, he is important. We can talk about football but we are feeling bad, feeling sorry and devastated for what happened because it was so difficult
[A tearful Son went straight down the tunnel with his head in his hands following his sending-off, and Pochettino thought his red card was unfair] He was devastated. It was a situation that was very confused, it was difficult to keep calm. After, when you watch the action on TV, it is never the intention and it was never a tackle to do what happened after. It was very bad luck for Andre, very bad luck for Everton and the finish with a red card for Sonny was really unfair
[Pochettino thought the game had turned on the red card, with Spurs unable to hold out despite the late introduction of Juan Foyth. The 19-year-old Ryan Sessegnon also came on for his Spurs debut, though only in the dying seconds of the game] The feeling changed in this moment. We were playing well and it was under control and we were more close to the second goal than the draw. Then things changed and they started to create a little bit more. They had more chances and, of course, it is difficult to assess the last 10 or 12 minutes. But talking only about football, I am happy with the performance and the way the team competed. It was a very difficult game against a very good team like Everton and I think we were good until Sonny was sent off
2019 11 03b Retrieve
[Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is adamant Son Heung-min shouldn’t have been shown a red card for his challenge on Andre Gomes, which resulted in a horrific leg injury for the Everton midfielder] It was dreadful for Andre, but judge the action, not judge what happened after. We are very disappointed with this type of situation on VAR - it is there to help the referee not confuse the situation more. The referees need help. They need to go and check on the screen. In the end the decision changed everything, we were in control, we believed we were going to win the game, then we conceded the goal.
The VAR need to check if it was a bad tackle and not a bad injury. It was clear that it was never the intention of Son to create the problem that happens after. It was unbelievable he received the red card. I never complain about the VAR, but please - we need use it in the best way. It is going to change the spirit of football. I was the first or only coach in the Premier League that was against the VAR. This type of situation, that you need to help because the decision of the referee was yellow card. It is creating a big, big mess
[Pochettino said of Son] He was devastated. The players from Everton came to console him. I want to thank the captain, Coleman. He came to speak to Son. In the moment it was a little bit confusing, everyone knows on the pitch what happened, but no one believed it was intentional. When we watched on TV the outcome was very bad and we feel very sorry for Andre. The action was very bad luck
2019 11 05 Retrieve
[Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had leapt to the defence of Son Heung-min after Sunday’s match and insisted that there was no ill-intent in the challenge] Everyone saw it was a challenge for the ball with the bad luck of the contact and Andre’s landing producing the injury. But it was never Sonny’s intention to do what happened. It was clear it was never the intention of Son to create the problem that happened afterwards. It is unbelievable to see a red card. In that situation we need to help because the decision of the referee was yellow card but the VAR changed the decision. It is the latest example of it being not clear. VAR needs to check if it was a bad tackle from Son and judge the action, not what happened after
2019 11 05b Retrieve
[Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hinted that he would likely have stepped down had they beaten Liverpool in the Champions League final] The rumours happen in any club when you don’t win. That doesn’t mean they are true and you need to care or pay attention about what has happened. But I understand it’s the business
2019 11 08 Retrieve
[Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that his side are in a similar position now to the one they were in five years ago] We went back to five years ago where we were like this in terms of position, situations and stuff like that, so it takes time. We cannot move the club forward quick, we cannot accelerate the time - that’s the problem. It’s a natural process. We only need to stay calm and work hard because there is not another way to change this dynamic. It’s different to five years ago but with a lot of similarities. It’s difficult to talk now because I don’t want to be talking about negative things. I promise you if all goes well, I will explain for you. I want to be positive because the signals in the last few weeks have been positive
[Pochettino also believes that it is too soon to write his side off from challenging for a top-four spot] When you assess all the circumstances, it’s normal to be in the position we are. We’ll see [about the top four]. Today, it’s so early. If we are capable of finding the right balance to start performing in the way we expect, it’s still possible
2019 11 09 Retrieve
[Pochettino says Son Heung-min demonstrated strength in wake of Andre Gomes incicdent] He was affected like everyone, during the game and after the game. It is difficult to see a player suffering a massive injury. He was involved, there was a bit of confusion in the action, with the decision to show the red card. He felt responsible, then when we concede with 10 men. But he wasn’t guilty for the injury, and he showed that he is in a good state and mental level. Of course he is sorry about Andre, like everyone, but it was a big relief with the message from Andre on social media, which was good and positive, and Son is now training and recovering well
[The Spurs boss hopes the midweek taste of success can be the catalyst for a better run of results] I hope yes, hopefully keep in the same way. It was a difficult game [in Belgrade]. The result, 4-0, looks easy, but in different periods we suffered and nearly conceded. They hit the post and there was an unbelievable save from Paulo Gazzaniga that could have changed the game. Always you need luck to score first and then have the capacity to control. I was happy after Everton and after Red Star, but we need to finish winning. But we know it will be tough against Sheffield
[Tottenham’s date with the Blades takes place just over 24 hours before the much-anticipated Anfield showdown between Liverpool and Manchester City, of which Pochettino will be an excited observer] Of course. I love football. I love different sports - I love tennis, I love paddle tennis, I love golf, but my priority is football and to have the possibility to watch the game on Sunday - I don’t know if I will be home or where I will be - but for sure these two hours I will spend watching the game, because my priority is football
2019 11 09b Retrieve
[Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino said it is impossible to feel happy after his side struggled to a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon] It was an even game, a difficult one for us - they are a very good, organised team. It was difficult to play in the first half, but second half we were better. Overall, it’s a fair result. We knew very well how they play - they got a draw in Chelsea and they are playing so well. The most difficult thing for us was to match their energy. In the second half, we were much better and matched them. I think they deserve one point. I need to look forward and keep working and try to improve. We are not in a good position in the table. Always when you don’t win you are disappointed and it’s impossible to feel happy
[After a third 1-1 draw in four league matches left Tottenham in the bottom half of the table] The reality is that for different reasons we are not showing the performances that we expect. We try to build confidence, the team is in a period where we are finding the best balance. I need to look forward and keep working and try to improve. We are not in a good position in the table
[Tanguy Ndombele was substituted at half-time due to a groin injury] We need to assess Tanguy Ndombele. He felt pain in his groin. We don’t know if it happened before or during the game but he said he was OK to play during the game. Then he came off at half-time and the doctor said to me that can’t play. I think it affected the team
2019 11 20 Retrieve
[Pochettino reveals Spurs will discuss how to handle racism ahead of Red Star match] Of course we are going to talk. But the most important thing is not to give it publicity today because when people are talking, you encourage people do something. We need to go there and think nothing is going to happen. We’ve got to trust in the UEFA protocol. We can’t go there and think, ‘Oh, something is going to happen’. We trust that we are going to handle the situation in the best way if it happens again, as it happened to England. But I am always a person that trusts that people can learn and improve
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[Pochettino later reflected on his refusal of Real Madrid’s approach] The situation was difficult. The dream of every coach was on the line: taking over at one of the world’s biggest clubs. And you have to say no. You have to say no and that is tremendous, it creates a conflict within. You know that if a coach wants to leave, he leaves, but I had just signed a renewal [with Spurs] and I felt that I couldn’t do it
Now I love being involved in the day to day business, being on the pitch with my coaching staff and players, having games every week or every three days
2019 11 21 Retrieve
[Pochettino’s heartbreaking final message to Tottenham’s players after sacking] Big thanks to you all. We can’t to (sic) say goodbye […] You will always be in our hearts
2019 11 23 Retrieve
[Pochettino’s assessment ahead of what proved to be his final match in charge of Tottenham against Wilder’s side in early November] What impressed me the most is their belief and togetherness. They have the spirit like a rugby team that fight for each other. That is fantastic to see in a football team. That is why they have a good squad, good organisation, a great manager and coaching staff. It is a fantastic job that Chris Wilder has done. Everyone has seen how he is working and the job he has done. The best thing I can say about him is how I described the team
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[His recent comments at an event for the launch of LaLigaTV have shed some light on his preferred destinations] I am now trying to watch a lot of football and spend time with my family. It’s good that I’m free for the next two weeks [to take up a LaLigaTV offer].
As for La Liga, I am Argentine, but half Argentine and half Spanish, Catalan. A good mix. For me, I was so lucky to start my career as a manager in Espanyol in Barcelona and then to come here to the Premier League to England, to learn English and different cultures. Of course, I am a better person today with more knowledge. I am living a great experience. The Premier League is the Premier League, but I think it’s a great opportunity for the people in the UK to be fans of La Liga and have very close contact.
Of course football was born here in England but La Liga has amazing football and amazing coaches. Today it’s a reference of players, a reference of coaches and the football in the last 20 years that is shown around the world. As a coach, and as with Gustavo Poyet, we always try to be in the best place. I think England and Spain are the two best leagues in the world.
2020 01 28 Retrieve
[Andre Gomes suffered a fracture dislocation of his right ankle in his side’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham in early November] It was a really bad situation and bad luck with how he landed in the action and we can only send our best wishes and, of course, we are devastated for the situation. Football is not important, he is important. We can talk about football but we are feeling bad, feeling sorry and devastated for what happened because it was so difficult
2020 02 06 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino support for the idea of bringing the English deadline back into line with the remainder of Europe] I think that was a big mistake for the Premier League to allow that - we open the door to different clubs in Europe to try to create confusion within your squad. It can create a mess at clubs like us, clubs in England
2020 02 11 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says he would love to return to managing in the Premier League] To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League. It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens. It’s a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready. I’m ready and waiting for a new challenge. I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic
Of course I feel very proud about everything I achieved at Tottenham and when I analyse my time there, plenty of positive things happened. I took charge at a pivotal moment for the club. Everything I had to do was very scary in those moments. To destroy White Hart Lane and to build a new stadium, to play at Wembley and Milton Keynes, only football people know how difficult it was to deal with these situations. To apply a new philosophy and new ideas was very tough but I feel very proud with the success that we had and to take Tottenham to a different level. To play in the Champions League for three or four years and finish above Arsenal many times was a great legacy for us. To win a title would be a great reward but for us that is the legacy, to have the club and the stadium at Tottenham. That is more than winning titles
The young English managers today have the influence of the European people. Before, English football was closed. It was difficult to share and mix here but the European coaches have been influential. People have been more open to discover a different type of football. When I first arrived at Southampton the players would say you have to play long balls in behind the full-backs and press, the approach was always like this. To change this mentality was tough but you can see a different style in football now and that makes the Premier League the best league in the world
2019 03 05 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now in a battle simply to finish in the top four but the manager believes his side can go on and win the Champions League] I think many circumstances are involved where sometimes you can arrive to play a final and maybe are not the best team. The belief, of course, is that we can beat any team, but now I think we need to do a very good job, be professional, be aggressive and try to forget the first leg. In our ambition and our minds, we are always positive. We trust in ourselves and, of course, you can beat any team
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[Dele Alli suffered an injury in that game too, and although Pochettino is more optimistic about that one, it still doesn’t sound ideal] We need to assess him this afternoon and I am not too optimistic. It is very painful. He broke his hand in two parts. Yesterday he saw the specialist. I am more optimistic for him to be available for Manchester City in the second leg
[Looks like Harry Kane is out for the season] He was so upset after the game, it was a difficult moment for him. We feel so disappointed and it was difficult to accept the situation. He is now much better, he has the scan yesterday and he needs to see the specialist next week. He is in a good place because he is a positive guy. It is a little bit sad but he is looking forward to recovering as soon as possible.
[He was then asked if Kane could return this season] We’ll see, there is five weeks, it is going to be difficult. Next week we are going to see with the specialist. We are going to do everything to recover him as soon as possible but there is only five weeks of the season to recover
2019 04 18 Retrieve
[Pochettino: Espanyol survival still my greatest joy as coach] My greatest joy as a coach was in Almeria when we were saved [from relegation] because of what it meant to the whole Espanyol family
2019 05 07 Retrieve
[Vertonghen will continue to be monitored before the match and will wear a protective face mask if he is selected] He [Vertonghen] didn’t suffer nothing wrong, no more than cutting his nose. It wasn’t a big issue. If tomorrow he is fit and he has the possibility to play it is not a problem. I think maybe he doesn’t need the mask. It wasn’t a big issue.
2019 07 27 Retrieve
[When Son Heungmin received a warm welcome from fans in Singapore during Tottenham’s 3-2 pre-season win over Juventus, prompting this analogy from Mauricio Pochettino] We can appreciate and see how the people love Sonny here in Asia. Of course, he’s an icon. I compared him before to David Beckham in popularity. It doesn’t surprise me but it’s good to see how the people love him and how important he is for the people
2019 10 01 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has urged his Tottenham side to stay together after they were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday] I think we played 30 minutes really well. We started the game really compact, intensive, pressing high. We were unlucky that we conceded at the end of the first half in the last section for 2-1. Of course, afterwards they were very clinical. You will see there was not very much difference in shots or attempts, but they were very clinical. And after eight or nine minutes of the second half it was 4-1. After we scored the penalty for 4-2 we had some chances to score the third and be in the game, but from 83 to 88 [minutes] we conceded three more goals. Tough, tough result. It’s too much and too hard to accept this kind of result, but this is what happens when you have the quality like today, [Bayern were] very clinical in front of goal. We are very disappointed, very upset, but we need to stay all together and show a message of togetherness and stay strong in our mentality
[Pochettino explained that even though his side’s appearance in Madrid came just a few months ago, it was already irrelevant in terms of this season’s results] Football is about today, not yesterday. Football is always about the … motivation, I do not know the word you use, but it is always about the show. You need to work to show today and tomorrow, because it is not about experience, not about what happened three months ago. Football is about playing today and giving your best and today we’re disappointed and Bayern were very clinical. It’s a difficult situation. It’s tough to have that difficult situation against you. You need to be strong and keep going, to stay all together and help each other. That’s the best medicine. Not to find who is guilty or escape the situation. When you receive this type of result, it’s important to bounce back and believe in yourself
2019 10 02 Retrieve
[Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits Spurs gave up a little bit in their 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday] The feeling at the end, when we conceded the three goals, it was like the team was tired and gave up a little bit. Maybe that showed a little bit our frustration in the game because up until 83 minutes the team were alive, we were fighting, trying to create chances to score a third goal and we were still in the game. But they were very clinical. Of course we are so disappointed. I cannot say another thing other than I feel very very disappointed. I feel so bad because when you concede seven goals it is tough, but you need to face up to this type of situation. When you play the final of the Champions League, it was nice to put your face up after the wins we had at Manchester City and Ajax. Now I have to put my same face up and accept we were not as good as we expected
[Having reached impressive heights last season, Pochettino believes this campaign will be a difficult one for the club as it looks to refocus] This is going to be a tough season. After the final of the Champions League, it was a chapter closed and now the club is in a period when they need to open another chapter and decide a project, medium, long-term. You need to show your quality like a man first, to face the situation like a man. You need to use your quality, how you are strong, to face this type of situation. What comes after is the professional side. Now we need to be a man and be strong all together to try to bounce back and change that feeling. I think it’s more psychological now. To try to move on and make sure there is no damage between us and talking in different ways to each other. The most important thing now is to have one idea, one analysis, one assessment. We need to stick with this assessment and, from there, start to improve
2019 10 04 Retrieve
[Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says that he hopes he is still with the club in five years’ time, playing down speculation over his future. Pochettino had signed a five-year contract extension in May 2018] In five and a half years, every single press conference, we are talking about my future. I hope because we are still talking, it means that I am going to spend five years more here, at least. I accept the opinions. It is normal that the game has created a lot of opinions and rumours, everyone needs to talk. But in the end, we only lost a game. We are going to find a way to be successful again, no doubt. We need to stay together
I have no doubt the players want to always do their best to win. They play for themselves, for their families and then for the club and the coaching staff. I don’t doubt their commitment
[He backed his team to bounce back from a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich in midweek] The Bayern game was really strange. After the first half nobody expected that result. Sometimes this happens in football and you just need to accept every single shot from Bayern Munich goes in the goal. What can you do? Nothing. We must stay together. The result is tough but the most important thing is to stay calm and believe in our potential. We need to bounce back from this defeat but it is only three points that we lost. We’ll keep working. In life this type of thing happens but we need to accept that it can happen. It is a tough moment but altogether we are going to be find a way to bounce back and win games
2019 10 05 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham were right not to replace Kieran Trippier for this season despite preparing to line up with Moussa Sissoko at right-back] Football is about circumstance and performance and form of the player. You have Kyle Walker-Peters, Serge Aurier, different players that you can use like Juan Foyth, who played there in the Copa America but got injured in pre-season. You need to see the squad and we have 11 players in the defensive line. I can tell you them. Aurier, Walker-Peters, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Foyth, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon, Japhet Tanganga, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen. My answer is clear?
Sissoko played there against Southampton. When you assess the squad and options, it is clear that you will use the last feeling [you had]. The last feeling is that Moussa Sissoko played one hour and he was the best playing there. If you watch the game against Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond, he was unbelievable. The effort and how we used him. Serge is banned and, for different reasons, the form of other players maybe doesn’t convince you and, of course, you use the feeling from last week. That is why I consider to play him there
[Pressure is building on Pochettino following the humbling home defeat to Bayern] I don’t remember if I ever conceded seven before, but I lost 6-0, yes. I remember it was in January 1990, when Marcelo Bielsa was in charge of Newell’s Old Boys. It was his second game. We were playing in the Copa Libertadores against San Lorenzo and the score was 6-0 - at home. Yes, it was really, really painful. It was similar to Bayern Munich. But that season we finished by winning the Premier League in Argentina. In six months, we completely changed the perception and sometimes these situations make you stronger
2019 10 05b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino insisted he was not worried he would be sacked after his team’s 3-0 loss to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday] No, I am not worried, what worries me is life, not football. I don’t want you to take it the wrong way, what scares me is life, not football. Football is to be strong and be brave and take decisions and to show your face when things are not good. That is what we are going to do, face the negative things and try to work hard to change this dynamic. In my position I need to accept all the criticism. The same when you praise me or the team. I’m going to accept it in the same way and it’s not going to change my vision, from you or the pundit because you’re criticising me or describing a situation differently to what you expect
[Spurs captain Lloris was given oxygen before being carried from the pitch with a serious arm injury after gifting Brighton the lead] I think the news is not good. We have to wait, the club is going to explain the real situation. Everyone saw on the pitch when he landed that it wasn’t a good situation. Of course it affected the game. We cannot take the credit from Brighton, but the team suffered a massive impact from that action. We tried to find a different way to play in the second half and we didn’t have much luck. At 3-0 you could see the game was over. I want to say sorry to the fans and thank them for their massive effort
2019 10 05c Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino advocated using his side’s loss to Bayern Munich as motivation to continue pushing forward] This is a moment to stay all together. It doesn’t only happen at Spurs, but all clubs in the world. In the end all that happens is we lost a game. No doubt we stay all together and we find a way to be successful again. I think every single press conference we have talked about my future. I hope we are still talking, in five years more, about my future here
2019 10 06 Retrieve
[Tottenham’s horror week continued on Saturday as they lost 3-0 to Brighton after being hammered 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League] No, I am not worried, what worries me is life, not football. I don’t want you to take it the wrong way, what scares me is life, not football. Football is to be strong and be brave and take decisions and to show your face when things are not good. That is what we are going to do, face the negative things and try to work hard to change this dynamic. In my position I need to accept all the criticism. The same when you praise me or the team. I’m going to accept it in the same way and it’s not going to change my vision, from you or the pundit because you’re criticising me or describing a situation differently to what you expect
2019 10 08 Retrieve
[Pochettino says Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy still backs him] We maintain a very good relationship and it is extraordinary to have that support. I have always told him that, in addition to my chairman, I consider him a friend. Football is not a drama, it is passion and we cannot separate it from emotions but neither can we make a sport as fantastic as this one [all about] the latest result. We must learn from defeats to be able to exceed our limits and that begins by accepting that you don’t always win and that the opponent also works hard and [has] merits. You must always react with dignity to the result, regardless of whether it is good or bad
2019 10 15 Retrieve
[Pochettino warned off ‘silly’ Man Utd decision as Redknapp expects Spurs boss to wait for Real Madrid] Listen, he’s the manager of a London club, a great place to live, I’m sure he’s earning an absolute fortune, they have a great training ground, they have a great stadium, and he has great players. Where does he go better than Tottenham? Liverpool don’t want him, they’ve got Jurgen Klopp. Pep [Guardiola] is at Manchester City, they don’t want him.
Where is he going to go with a better team than what Tottenham have got? There isn’t one around, with a better stadium, better training ground and in England. OK, if Real Madrid comes up and he may fancy going to Spain, obviously being from Argentina. The language wouldn’t be a problem and living in Madrid would be very nice. Managing a club like Real Madrid, if that came up I’m sure it would be a difficult one for him to turn down. But other than that, I don’t see where he goes. Manchester United? Maybe but Pochettino is not silly, he knows he’s got a massive rebuilding job there.
Manchester United gave it to David Moyes who did wonderful at Everton. Then they gave it to Louis van Gaal who is one of the world’s great managers. Then they gave it to Jose Mourinho who has won everything there is to win. They couldn’t turn it around. Now Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is struggling with it. Poch is not silly. He knows there is a long-term rebuilding process and that could take years
2019 10 17 Retrieve
[Pochettino has suggested that he is expecting little movement in or out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the New Year] No, I don’t believe. Really. I believe in the players we have, I believe in the players that are at Tottenham today. I respect all opinions and I know they’ll be people that are going to say ‘we need to change or ‘we need to do something in or out’ but if it’s my decision, I’m going to stick with my players because I know they have the quality. It’s only to unlock some situations that is going on in their mind but we have great quality to be fighting for the things that we expect to fight for
[He added on those at his disposal, who have dropped 13 Premier League points so far this season and suffered a humbling 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League] I trust 200 per cent in them [the players] and I believe they have the capacity and the potential to win games and turn this type of situation. We have the confidence that we have the quality and it’s only time to put all the things clear. In this type of situation, the most important [thing] is to be all together and show a strong face to the problems and talk a lot
2019 10 17b Retrieve
[When questioned about the challenge presented by Watford] It’s going to be tough. We will fight against us, play against us. We are our own worst enemy. Then after the opponent. I was talking with the staff in a very honest conversation as always in these situations, trying to find the best way. In the end our interest is Tottenham. Our objective is to put Tottenham in the place that Tottenham deserve to be. In the last five years and a half it has been all about praise for Tottenham, our stadium and facilities as well. It was nice to hear about us. When that turns a bit negative you have to listen and work hard to turn things to positive again. We work for a club and our fans want to be happy, they want to enjoy the team winning
2019 10 17c Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino hailed stand-in Tottenham captain Harry Kane as a natural leader as he reflected on the England skipper’s response to the racism row in Bulgaria] He’s become a natural leader. He’s great. His commitment, not only for Tottenham but the national team, is fantastic for England and Tottenham. We will miss Hugo for a few months and to have Harry to step up is important, like others who are important and mature. They will step up and handle problems when they happen like this. It’s good to see how he behaved and of course he showed great maturity
[Asked specifically about the Bulgaria match] I’m going to respect players always. The way Harry behaved was top. The way he handled the situation on Monday was exemplary. He showed calm, followed the rules. We’re so proud of how he behaved. But of course, when you’re on the touchline, you need to understand the players always have rights and it’s difficult to be in their position, know how they feel when they suffer abuse like this. That’s why I will always support my players. Harry handled everything perfectly, I want to congratulate him. He was calm, the situation was always under control. He showed great maturity in these situations which are not always easy to manage
2019 10 18 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino pointed to a dinner invitation extended by the Spurs squad to show that he retains their backing] When you receive a text from the player inviting you and the coaching staff for a dinner only two things can happen. [It’s] because they want to say goodbye. Or because they feel that they love you and they want to show that they are with you. And I think it’s the second
[Pochettino affirmed that he was unlikely to pursue further new targets when the window re-opens] I never was keen on January and I will not change now because it is a tough period or tough few games, I’m not going to change the way I think or see things. We are not going to force anything because we believe the squad is a decent squad. Now we need to be strong our decision was right, because we are suffering a storm now we cannot now change quick. Now it’s the time to be responsible. First me and then the players, everyone.
My opinion, the way I love to work, is that when you take decisions in the summer and then you need to be responsible and then you need to find the way to make that work. Now is not a point to talk about January, refreshing the team. Now is about trying to find solutions because we need to win tomorrow and we need to win after tomorrow. We need solutions now. We cannot think, ‘OK, we forget now and in January we are going to fix the problem’. It’s not like this
2019 10 18b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane is ready to step into the shoes of injured Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris but he must lead with his heart] He has learned a lot from Hugo, who is a good example. He has become a natural leader. His commitment is great, not only for Tottenham but for the national team. We are going to miss Hugo for a few months and to have Harry to step up with others is important. He is young but he is very mature, he is capable
Harry does not need to feel too much pressure. He needs to act natural. The most important thing is to not show too much the responsibility on your shoulders. If you are a natural leader, you don’t feel the responsibility. When you do what you feel in your heart, it’s natural. The problem is if you are not a real leader and you need to act, you spend energy thinking: ‘How do I face this problem?’ But if you trust in yourself and you are a natural leader, that, I promise, you don’t feel the responsibility. Hugo is our captain and one of the most important players. We all feel sad for his situation but we need to move on. If we find an excuse because Hugo is injured we are going to fail
2019 10 19 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino suggested that his charges were still feeling the effects of a bruising defeat against Bayern Munich after they rescued a VAR-assisted draw late on against Watford on Saturday] The performance wasn’t great, but when you concede an early goal it is always tough, it is a difficult situation. The atmosphere wasn’t in the way you love to play, it wasn’t the best. It is not easy, when I was a professional footballer in this type of situation it was always difficult. For me [that goal] is the first step to build our confidence. The other day a friend said to me that in five years it’s the first time we’ve recieved a knock like that 7-2 and it’s a new thing for us and the players. I have to say that in the last 20 minutes our fans were amazing and pushed us on
2019 10 19b Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino felt sympathy towards Watford following confusion over the outcome of a VAR check for Tottenham’s late equaliser on Saturday] It’s nothing to do with us, it’s dependent on the Premier League. We don’t manage that situation. But, of course, I understand that it was a little bit confusing and it was tough for Quique Sanchez Flores, because he thought it was no goal. But it’s not Tottenham’s responsibility, it’s the Premier League’s responsibility and of course like everyone, maybe the guy who pressed the button made a mistake. Everyone can make a mistake. The most important thing is when you check the goal, it was a goal, it came off his shoulder and I think it was legal. But I can understand that for Watford, Quique and their players, I feel so, so bad
[Pochettino hopes his squad can now begin to turn the corner following a difficult spell] It was so important in the way that we achieved the point in the end, the team was fighting, we showed character.
We have quality but when you are in this type of situation the most important thing is the character you need to show. Talent comes after, you need to fight and you need to run and you need to be strong in your mind. When everything is good you fly, when everything is going against you you need to be so strong and you spend a lot of energy because every single action you expect to score or create a chance. This is the first step to build our confidence again
2019 10 20 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham must be prepared for the January transfer window] We are not going to get any benefit to talk about January, it is too far away, we have got a lot of games to play. That is the structure of the club that is working and thinking and they need to be ready if we need to do something, if not we keep going, but I am happy with the squad, I am happy with the players. Like always, what is going to happen in January I cannot guess today, what happens will happen. We need to take the responsibility. But if we win all of the games why will we need to do anything? But if we need something we need to act. But we need to act and stay calm
It is not the moment to talk [about transfers], when the time arrives we are going to take that decision in one way or another. Now is the time to stay all together, all of the squad, with the staff and the fans and try and change the atmosphere
2019 10 23 Retrieve
[Pochettino ‘realistic’ about Tottenham situation after Champions League win] I think it’s about now staying calm. It’s a good result but only three points. Now we have ahead a lot of tough games that are coming. We need to be solid. I want them to all be fresh that is why tomorrow they are going to have a day off, you know to stop all the rumours [laughs]. Of course Thursday we are going to start to train and prepare for the game on Sunday. It’s going to be a fantastic game. A few months ago we were playing the final against Liverpool and now in Anfield, a great atmosphere, with all the confidence to go there and try to have a very good performance again
[Asked if he is happy with the dynamic] Of course, I am very realistic but in the same way it’s a massive experience for us, a group that has never before lived this situation. It’s all new. We have more experience because we’re older men, Jesus is more than me, more experienced than me, but I think it’s a great moment to grow, be more mature and of course it should help us to be stronger in the future
[Harry Kane and Son Heung-min led the way with braces, while Erik Lamela was also on target against Red Star] It was so important, an important result for our confidence and to add three points in the table for us was very, very important tonight. Of course very pleased. After the second half against Watford I was happy, not great as I told you, now the same, not great but good. I feel good. We start to see that it’s only time that we need to recover our best feelings. We need to build that confidence of course. We need to go step by step, being solid again and that is only the first step, like the second half at Watford, to build again our confidence and try to perform in the way that we and everyone expect
2019 10 25 Retrieve
[Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is in agreement with Roy Keane that striker Harry Kane could boost any rival club] I heard what was said. Of course, I respect him and admired him when he was a player. He was the kind of player who you want beside you, or as a centre-back like me you want him in front of you. Whenever I listen to him he is very clinical in his comments. Of course he loves good players and Harry Kane is a fantastic player. We more than agree Harry Kane deserves everything
2019 10 25b Retrieve
[Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says it will take up to two years to see the best of his summer signings] For me, when you sign a player, despite the amount you pay, with the profile of Tanguy Ndombele or Giovani Lo Celso or Ryan Sessegnon you need minimum one year and a half, or two years
Look at what happened with Son or Sissoko, they started to perform in year two, year three. Today the market is the market. You cannot judge the player because you paid some kind of amount. He [Ndombele] played two years in Lyon and moved to England where everything is new, but the quality is there. They need time to show their real quality
[Nearly five months on, Pochettino admits he has just about managed to get the pain of the defeat in Madrid out of his system] The Champions League final is all or nothing and it was nothing. To be second for us is nothing. It means a lot of the club to reach final of Champions League but players and the staff felt empty after the game. With time you can say, ‘OK we played in the final of the Champions League’ but that will always be the deal. But we have spoken a lot now and we are back to full energy. We have recovered from that and it’s the moment to build our confidence and trust and start to show our talent and potential
[Pochettino thinks the midweek meet-up could boost his players’ confidence as they prepare for a defining period in the campaign] It was very good, and very kind of them to invite the coaching staff. It was a little busy. We spent a few hours there and it is always nice to see people in a different environment. That doesn’t mean we are going to go to Anfield and win 5-0 because we were nice all together. But it is going to help in the long-term
Maybe Ryan Sessegnon will be available but it’s always the same - when one is in, one is out. If you plan for him to be on the bench you need to take someone off the bench. It’s about waiting, being consistent and showing his quality and to wait for the opportunity that he will have during the season
2019 10 26 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has admitted to being worried about the extra workload a new documentary centred on Tottenham will create for his staff] When the club agreed the deal with Amazon, of course we were worried about it. Because it is not easy, not easy. It is tough to have the camera in your office, and then how you handle the situation to have the capacity to say, ‘Okay, I am not in a good mood, but sometimes the camera is going to be there’. It is so complicated, it is another thing to worry about and of course that adds a lot. If we were busy, now we are super busy. To plan every day, everything, is not an easy job. That is why, when I told you I feel that I am not any more a manager, I am a coach, now I am like a producer. Being coach, manager and producer!
[While concerned about the internal effects of the documentary, Pochettino has fewer fears about the depiction of his team in desperate times, such as the humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich] It’s going to be the reality. It is like when we started to do the book [Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs] one season. It was the same risk. It is most important to live the reality, not to try to generate something that is fake or not real, and then what you are going to love, what the people are going to love to see, is that we are normal people working. We can win, we can lose. Like the book, I hope there is a happy ending. But if not, you are going to see another point of view, from a different vision
2019 10 27 Retrieve
[Premier League performances have been far less convincing, but manager Mauricio Pochettino remains enthused about visiting Liverpool the undefeated leaders] For me, it is a joy to go there and the motivation is there is there to play in a stadium like Anfield - it is always amazing. When you have the opportunity to play this kind of game, you are thankful because you never know if you are going to have the opportunity to play it again
2019 10 27b Retrieve
[Pochettino did not contest the penalty decision that saw Serge Aurier penalised for a foul on Sadio Mane] I’ve got no complaints about the penalty. You can have your own opinion. It was a fair reaction. We tried in the last 10 or 15 minutes [to score an equaliser] and had chances but it was impossible
2019 10 28 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino backed his players after a damaging 2-1 defeat at Liverpool which left Tottenham languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League] I am behind our squad, supporting them fully. We have 29 players and they will all have the opportunity to play. After five years and a half at Tottenham, it is a time to all be together and show our support.
It was a very competitive game today and we competed well. I am of course a little bit disappointed in that with the ball we didn’t have the possession in playing and forcing them to play deeper. In that aspect I’m disappointed but we competed and we need to keep pushing. We were playing today against a very good team. I think Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe and we were very competitive
[Pochettino felt the late penalty call was a little harsh on his side] I don’t want to complain - I need to accept the decision of the referee and the VAR. Technically maybe it’s a penalty because there’s some contact. But to be honest, the ball is going away. It’s an action that you know is very soft. The penalty was given and we need to accept it’s the decision of the referee or the VAR
This season, we have deserved to get more points in the table. These things happen and that is the moment to stay stronger. Maybe in different seasons this type of situation results in 2-0 or 3-0 for us in the second half but today it was a different way
2019 11 03 Retrieve
[Cenk Tosun has described the horrific moment when Andre Gomes’ season c and revealed that the injury left many players close to tears] Son was devastated. The players from Everton came to console him. Of course, in the moment it was a little confusing. No one knows on the pitch when it was an action. The action was very, very bad luck
We all feel so bad for Andre. I want to send my best wishes to him and his family for his recovery. We are going to talk about the VAR, the VAR need to check if it was a bad tackle and not a bad injury. We feel very disappointed with this situation by the VAR
They need to check on the screen and why not. Then, everything changed
[He was exasperated about some of the VAR decisions and stressed there was no malice in Son’s actions]
It was clear that never the intention of Son is to create the problem that happens. It was unbelievable he received a red card. I think we had the game under control. The problem is playing with one less, against the referee. We conceded a goal playing with one less. I never complain about the VAR, but please let us use it in the best way. It changes the spirit of football. It is creating a big, big mess.
2019 11 20 Retrieve
[The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) has thanked Mauricio Pochettino following his sacking] We’re shocked and saddened to hear our club has sacked Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff. During his time at Spurs, Poch gave us many of our best moments as supporters, made Tottenham Hotspur a force to be reckoned with again, and forged a strong link with the fans. We will never forget the joy he brought us. Of course, results in the league have been disappointing for some time. But many fans thought Poch had earned the right to turn it around in the first sustained period of poor form we’ve had during his time at the club. We now have to look forward and take stock. But there are questions that must be asked of the board
The club’s statement makes it clear the board has decided to sack the manager and coaching staff. It is their decision. We question why this decision was taken at the end, rather than the beginning, of the international break. We question whether the timing of the decision leaves the club with much choice in who takes over. To take the decision it has, the board must have a clear plan for what and who comes next. It needs to tell this club’s supporters what that plan is. And the board also needs to consider its own role in this.
Is the manager solely accountable? How much has the board’s line on wages and transfers contributed to player unrest and disaffection? How much did it contribute to the situation we now find ourselves in? And will it change to help support a new manager? We’d like to put on record our thanks to Mauricio Pochettino, Jesus Perez, Toni Jiminez and Miguel [D’Agostino](gaetano-d-agostino.html) for the fantastic football and magical moments they have brought us over the last five years
2019 11 28 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his gratitude towards Daniel Levy and Tottenham’s supporters in his first statement since behind sacked by the club on November 21] I would like to thank Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy for giving me the opportunity to be part of Tottenham Hotspur’s history. I would like to thank also everyone I met at Tottenham, all the club staff and the football players during these five and a half years. Finally I would like to give a special mention to the fans who make this club so great with their fantastic support. I gave the best of me to accomplish the objectives I was asked for in our first meeting. There were equally tough challenges as exciting successes. Best wishes for the future, I am sure we will cross paths again
2019 12 02 Retrieve
[Pochettino open to Premier League return amid Arsenal & Man Utd talk] There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on. But, for the time being, the most important thing is for me to clear my head after five-and-a-half incredible seasons with Tottenham. My aim is to seek the ability to rebuild myself and get my self-motivation back. It is my intention to return to manage in Europe. It is hard for me to imagine a project in Argentina. However for the sake of my family, I would not refuse to work over here. But now I need to be calm for a few days and see what happens. I haven’t had a lot of time to digest what has happened with me. My first decision was to come back to Argentina, return to my home and see family and friends. But I expect to return to Europe to make decisions on my future. My best decision was to come to Argentina to switch off for 10 days. At my age I don’t need a lot of time to recover. I am open to listen to projects put before me
2019 12 08 Retrieve
[Pochettino has previously said he would never manage Arsenal given his connection with Spurs, but when asked directly about the vacancy at Emirates Stadium] It’s important to have a moment of calm to lower the decibels and find the energy to take on a new project, and we’ll see where that is. I’m going to spend a few days here [in Rosario] with my family and friends, and then I’ll return to London
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[Pochettino suggests he would’ve considered taking Arsenal job as he reveals he’s ‘open’ to Premier League return] In football, you never know what can happen in the future. you need to be only free and open to listen and anything can happen. I am a coach and I would love to be in in the best place that you can. Now is a moment to recharge the batteries. The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world. But it’s not only the Premier League, there are a lot of leagues in the world that can be exciting or a very good challenge
Five-and-a-half years working in Tottenham was a very enjoyable time, a very nice journey and I only keep good memories. The journey was amazing. I don’t need to talk about what happened, only that it was an honour for me to be at Tottenham. I think what happened in the past, happened in the past and now moving on is the best for everyone. That is happening in life and happening in football
I tried to enjoy relaxing, tried to recharge the batteries. This type of thing helps us to again to feel all the energy. We’ll see what happens. I am a person that is always open to listen to people. And of course, we’ll see about the future. But at the moment, I only try to get relaxed, spend time with my friends, my family, the things that before were impossible to do. And we’ll see. Football is going to find a way to put us into the race again
2020 03 19 Retrieve
[Pochettino wants Messi union at Newell’s] I want to return to Newell’s with Messi. I can still wait, [for an opportunity] and the best [possible scenario] would be in 10 years with Messi. I hope he arrives at a great moment. Age gives him [this]. His presence will be a recognition of the generation that deserved something more. Argentina is going to arrive well [equipped] to fight for the World Cup
2020 03 24 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino claims Heung-min Son would no longer be at Tottenham had he not pushed for the South Korean to be cleared for Asian Games duty in 2018] With Harry Kane injured, Son not playing the first few months because of the Asian Games, no one talks about that. Today, Sonny is at Tottenham because we allowed him to go and play two competitions that weren’t compulsory, not being selfish and saying, ‘No, Sonny needs to stay here’. If not, two years and you need to stop the contract with Son. No one says anything about that. It was our decision to provide him the time to go
[On how things started to unravel for him] Monday [after the final], I was thinking to build again, because when you are so competitive and you are a winner, you are not stuck in the past. You lose, but you want to win again tomorrow. I wasn’t knocked because we didn’t win the final, we wanted to take a massive experience for us, learn and be ready again for the next season. We were fighting for the top four at the same time we were fighting to be in the Champions League final. If you lift the trophy, you are very successful. But second is a failure, no? We are not thinking like this but, of course, that makes you sad. Of course people recognise the job was fantastic, but to finish winning the Champions League would have been amazing
2020 03 26 Retrieve
[It would be unfair if Lionel Messi was unable to enjoy World Cup] [The World Cup is] a huge goal for Messi and for the Argentine team. I hope he arrives at a great moment. His presence will be a recognition of the generation that deserved something more. Argentina is going to arrive well to fight for the World Cup
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Pochettino admits he wants Spurs return] It was an amazing journey that finished in the way that, of course, no one wants. But deeper in my chest, my soul, my heart - I am sure that we will cross [paths] again. From the day that I left the club, my dream is to be back and to try to finish the work that we didn’t finish. We were so close to winning the right trophies, the Premier League and the Champions League. But we stopped and, of course, I am looking forward to moving on. I am so motivated for the next project. But, deep inside, I would like to be back one day because the club is special. The fans are so special.
Maybe in five years, maybe in 10 years, and now I’m going to conspire with the universe and to throw out the idea that before I die, I want to manage Tottenham again and try if possible to win one title because I want to feel what it means to win one title with Tottenham. The fans are amazing and the love we received was amazing and that [would be] a good opportunity to pay back all the love they showed us from day one
2020 05 22 Retrieve
[Pochettino: I couldn’t stop crying after Champions League final loss] I think it was very difficult to accept the way the game went. I was so disappointed afterwards. It was difficult to stop crying, to stop feeling bad. When you prepare for three weeks with the responsibility and in the way we did, and worked, with all the staff and players. We were very focused. I think we were convinced and I was convinced that the final was going to go our way. That was completely in our minds. But no one is prepared after 30 seconds of the Champions League final to concede like that
The goal changed the whole game, all the emotions. It is difficult to prepare a team for that happening
It was a massive achievement. And you can use the example of Liverpool after they lost to Real Madrid the season before, that was a massive motivation and inspiration to be back in the future. But I knew after five years and with the way we were working, all the things that happened, it was going to be difficult to change a little bit in our minds and to stay open to design another plan, or a strategy to build again, a different chapter. A different project was going to be difficult to maintain - to keep improving
I said to Daniel that we finished in the way that no one wanted but the end, because of our commitment, our emotion and our feeling - in football - it needed to happe. If not, our relationship would have continued forever! And maybe that’s no good for the club or for us. When the decision came it was right and we needed to move on
2020 05 22b Retrieve
[Pochettino glad to see Mourinho named as Spurs replacement] My kids are sleeping in Espanyol pyjamas every night so it’s very difficult for me to think about changing clubs
[Mourinho sent Pochettino a gift during the duo’s time in Spain] It was a very nice bottle of French red wine for me and two Real Madrid kits. Jose says: ‘OK, these are for your kids to wear from now on’. We have kept a good relationship since then and I am so happy he is at Tottenham, replacing me. I am happy as well to have left the club in the condition that we left it and for sure he is very grateful for the way that we helped to build the club, which is now his club
I always think I’d replace him. He was at Real Madrid. I say: ‘Oh, maybe one day I can take your place at Real Madrid,’ but look at how life works out. He has taken my place at Tottenham. Unbelievable, eh?
Before the pandemic, me and Jesus [Perez, his former assistant as Spurs] met with Unai for a coffee, to talk and share our experiences. We were working in different clubs, we were at the enemy, and people were walking past and saying: ‘Unai and Pochettino and Jesus are now sharing a coffee!’ It was in Cockfosters [in north London]. It was very funny. It has been an amazing time to review and analyse everything: training sessions, games, our methodology, our models of training … to design specific and collective works. And, of course, to try to adapt for the new normality, to be ready for any eventuality, because the demands are going to be completely different. We are looking forward for the next job. Football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears. We are ready. After six months, our tanks are completely full
2020 05 23 Retrieve
[Pochettino open to Premier League return amid Newcastle links] I love England. My idea is to keep living in London but at the same time, I am open to different countries, to listen and see what happens. I am ready and we are a much better coaching staff now. We have learnt a lot from our experiences at Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham. We have a lot to provide to the people that will trust in us in the future
I need to behave in the way that I did on my first day as a coach. There are two things that are most important - one is the people, the fans that are behind every club. That is the structure that keeps alive all the companies that provide the entertainment that is football. The other is the ideas of the clubs. Every single club and company have different cultures, different philosophies, different ways of working. They all have different plans for success. To be successful at one club you need to win the Champions League or Premier League, but for others it is to finish in the top four or six. For Tottenham, it was to build a new stadium and at the same time create a team to compete and cut the gap to the top four. Every single club has different aims and you as a coaching staff need to stick to these ideas. In the end, when we are waiting for a new offer, and we are capable of providing what a club expects from us, we are going to be very happy.
The problem is which clubs are top six?. The top six always changes. Tottenham is not in the top six, Arsenal is not in the top six. You need to respect all the clubs. All the clubs are working so hard and investing money. Every season clubs have ambition to be top six or top four. I don’t think you can underestimate any club
We are going to live a completely different era in football that we need to discover. How are these clubs or companies, because that’s what they are, going to be after this virus hopefully disappears? It’s a big question mark. That’s why it’s so difficult to know what project is going to be the right project. We are a coaching staff that are very receptive to listen to all the projects, all the people. We can learn from every single conversation and maybe we can see a motivation to go with them.
2020 06 01 Retrieve
[Mauricio Pochettino believes no team has had a bigger impact upon English football than the Southampton side he coached for a season and a half from January 2013] Football in England changed with that Southampton team of 2013-14, there is no other team that had as big an impact in changing the mindset. We arrived at a club with a president like Nicola Cortese who gave us what we needed to create something unique in English football. Our ability to adapt to a completely different environment was incredible. We found a group of players who wanted to learn from the experiences we brought from Spanish football, and with the quality to play a different style of football to that which everyone in English football was used to. Young players started to appear, and people started to trust in young players, also in the English national team.
At Espanyol, we were the first coaching staff who started to teach exercises to bring the ball out from the back. The facts are there. Just watch any game from around 2010 and 2011, the ball is played out from the goal. When previously it was always hit long. We started with that, and many people are a bit surprised. Everyone talks of Barcelona, Madrid, Milan. No, no, it was Espanyol, with Ernesto Galan, Jordi Amat, Raul Rodriguez, David Lopez, Didac Vila, Victor Ruiz, Raul Baena, Juan Forlin, Javi Marquez. Many of those players grew up with a style of play and philosophy different from modern football played today.
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Pochettino had previously insisted that the deal was instigated by Kieran Trippier] The only conversation when he arrived after the summer was when he came to see me, he asked me for a meeting, and said: ‘Gaffer, I think I have a good possibility and for different reasons I would like to accept the offer from Atlético Madrid’.
He didn’t ask me nothing. He only communicated whether the club were going to accept the offer. Nothing more. It wasn’t a conversation - Do you want me? Or don’t you want me?