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Thursday 12 December 2019

Poch can take Spurs to next level

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein

Mauricio Pochettino insists he wants to be the man who tries to take Tottenham to the next level.

Pochettino has found himself under pressure after a difficult start to the season, which hit new depths on Tuesday when they lost to Sky Bet League Two club Colchester in the League Cup.

The Argentinian, who has faced some calls to be sacked from irate supporters, has transformed Spurs into regular top-four Premier League finishers and memorably led them to the Champions League final last term having not signed a player for two transfer windows.

He spoke in the summer of starting a new chapter, calling on Spurs to "act like a big club", but they are some way off the level of Manchester City and Liverpool.

Making that jump to the next step looks a difficult task, but it is one Pochettino wants to tackle.

"I believe yes and I hope yes," he said. "If not you are going to see quickly.

"It's hard. It's hard."

If Pochettino is under pressure then it does not appear to be coming from chairman Daniel Levy after the pair went to Milan together for the FIFA The Best football awards.

Pochettino insists that all is well between the two.

"We were together in Milan at the FIFA awards," he added.

"If we are not in a good way, we don't have a good relationship to spend a day together."

Spurs have won only two games from eight this season and have thrown 2-0 leads away twice, not to mention their League Cup embarrassment this week.

But Pochettino reckons it is a fine line between success and failure, pointing to the disallowed goal at Leicester last week, which stopped them going 2-0 up in a game they ended up losing 2-1.

"Rather than losing the game against Leicester, which we deserved to win, three points more and we're third," he said.

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