Spurs man­ager side­steps Nou Camp sug­ges­tion

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

TOT­TEN­HAM man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino has sidestepped sug­ges­tions he could be next in line to take over at Barcelona.

Barca’s sea­son is on the brink of col­lapse af­ter they were thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Ger­main in the first leg of the Cham­pi­ons League last 16 on Tues­day.

They also trail ta­ble-top­ping Real Madrid by a point in La Liga, hav­ing played two games more.

Their crush­ing loss at the Parc des Princes has in­ten­si­fied spec­u­la­tion about the fu­ture of Barcelona boss Luis En­rique and Po­chet­tino is well­known in Spain af­ter his three years in charge at Es­panyol.

Asked if he would be in­ter­ested in tak­ing over at t he Nou Camp, Po­chet­tino said: “It’s im­por­tant to be fo­cused on the game tonight.

“I can’t say any­thing about that. I’m at Tot­ten­ham. I am very happy, I have four more years on my con­tract, I’m en­joy­ing an ex­cit­ing project.

“It’s true it’s not an easy project but I’m very happy here.”

Tot­ten­ham take on Bel­gian side Gent this evening in the first leg of the Europa League last 32, look­ing to bounce back from a dam­ag­ing de­feat of their own to Liver­pool on Satur­day.

The 2-0 loss leaves Spurs 10 points be­hind lead­ers Chelsea in the Premier League ta­ble and al­most cer­tainly re­ly­ing on the cup com­pe­ti­tions if they want to win a tro­phy this sea­son.

Po­chet­tino said he has taken a soft approach af­ter his side’s dis­ap­point­ment at An­field.

“I tried to give love,” Po­chet­tino said. “We all felt dis­ap­pointed that they suf­fered a lot.

“Some­times, when your per­for­mance is not good and that game touched your pride, you don’t need to kill them.”

Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho.

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