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Mauricio Pochettino admits Spurs’ fine start masks stadium frustration

29 October, 2018, 17:01 | Author: Drew Briggs
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"The guys who don't play deserve to play - it's always like this", said Guardiola.

Guardiola even suggested Pochettino would again be in the frame should the Real Madrid job become available in the near future with Julen Lopetegui under severe pressure.

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen looked crestfallen after a setback they worked so hard to avert and then there was manager Mauricio Pochettino, who could have been forgiven for wondering if he had just witnessed the beginning of the end of his Tottenham dream.

City took 24 from a possible 30 points against their top six rivals last season with defeats to Liverpool and United their only failures. "I'm pretty sure that Tottenham have a good green keeper", Guardiola said.

Mauricio Pochettino says he is enduring his "worst feeling" as Tottenham boss this season, despite guiding them to their best Premier League start.

The failure to beat the Dutch champions means that, despite seven victories from nine Premier League matches, Pochettino's hopes of emulating last season's run to the last 16 of the Champions League had all but evaporated before the clocks went back.

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Kyle Walker's appearance in Manchester City colours against Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night will provide an untimely reminder of the riches that lie away from Pochettino's squad, with the former Spurs defender doubling his wages to £130,000-a-week when he joined City in the summer of 2017, but Spurs simply can not operate at that financial level. "We had 100 points because we were focused on all the games". "I don't think they are quite as sharp or as quick to the ball as last season, but they are still doing very well and that owes a lot to Pochettino". I'm feeling confident and I'm looking forward.

"Many things happened in the summer, there are many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour". Frustrations were evident over the summer after the Argentine failed to land a single player in the transfer window but with limited funding and a new stadium on the way, there's comparisons to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal when they swapped Highbury for Emirates.

"When you take care properly and focus, knowing that the pitch may not be in the best question, you have to be ready", said the Catalan.

City manager Pep Guardiola insists he is unbothered by the prospect, but it will certainly be in his thoughts when he selects a starting line-up and if they lose it could well be an excuse he draws upon.

"The reality is what we've done past year you have to be focused on everyone".

The central midfielder was named as Tottenham's best first-year academy scholar by the Guardian this month, and is highly-regarded in north London.



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