Pochettino plays down links with vacancy at Real
Spurs manager believes he and his squad should be flattered by gossip
Wolves v Tottenham Molineux, today, 7.45pm Live on Sky Sports Mauricio Pochettino has played down links with the vacant Real Madrid job by comparing them to the glance of an admiring woman.
The Tottenham manager has developed a taste for colourful metaphors this season having previously compared his side’s experience in the Champions League to a cow waiting for a train. Now, after another turbulent 10 days for the club, he used a romantic image to suggest the latest gossip should be cause for confidence in his squad.
“It is like you are with your girlfriend or wife and you are holding hands, walking down Oxford Street. But because you are so handsome another woman is looking at you. But your wife is so proud, and, rather than worrying, she is so happy to be with you and falls more in love with you.”
The wife in this situation refers to the Tottenham squad in general and Dele Alli in particular. The midfielder signed a new six-year contract this week, and said working with Pochettino had been a “massive” factor in his decision to renew.
The manager acknowledged that his players trust he will continue at Spurs, but warned that their allegiance must be first and foremost to the club.
“Yes, the players are confident in me. But it is not that they attach to me only. If I believe that Dele is only going to sign a new contract because of me it’s a bad feeling. I think the club needs to always be above the manager and the players. The player must say I sign because I want to play for Tottenham. Otherwise it’s difficult to achieve big things.”
Spurs bounced back after bad results against PSV Eindhoven and Manchester City to knock West Ham out of the Carabao Cup in midweek, and they play at Wolves tonight fifth in the table, five points off the top.
However, another postponement in the opening of the club’s new White Hart Lane stadium cast a cloud over events on the pitch. Pochettino urged patience.
“We are very close to creating, in terms of facilities, one of the best clubs in the world. Of course everything comes with a cost. Sometimes to win titles today is difficult, for many reasons that you and our fans know very well. But sometimes patience is short and frustration is there. I think we are so close to reaching the last level, but we need to have that patience that makes us stronger.
“When I arrived at Tottenham the first video that Daniel [Levy] showed me had a message: ‘When we are talking about Tottenham Hotspur, we are talking about the glory.’ “I want to feel the glory with Tottenham. I think when I watch video from the 1960s it’s very emotional, and I think it would be fantastic to deliver that moment again for our fans. ”
– Guardian Vitality Stadium, today, 12.30pm Live on BT Sport 1 José Mourinho believes Manchester United will soon be in the top four and once there they can consider challenging for the title.
United are in eighth place with 17 points, five behind Arsenal, who are in fourth, after 10 games. Mourinho is confident his United side can bridge this gap and then assess if a tilt at a 21st championship is possible.
He said: “When you are outside the top four I don’t think you should speak about the title. When you are there, which we are going to be, you can look up, see the distance, look to the fixtures, to the calendar,
Mauricio Pochettino: “I want to feel the glory with Tottenham.”