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Tottenham’s coach says too early to talk about winning EPL

London, Oct 13 (IANS) Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino said it is too early to talk about his side’s chances to win the English Premier League (EPL) this football season.

The Argentine coach, in an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, expressed his confidence in the Spurs’ project, noting that his team is on the right track, but needs time, reports Efe.

“I think that we are building a very nice project and very nice team. But I think we need time, we have a young squad,” he said.

Tottenham is currently holding the second position of the EPL standings with 17 points after seven matches, and just one point behind leaders Manchester City.

Pochettino played down any talk about winning the title, although his team won 2-0 against Manchester City, which was the Citizens first defeat of the season.

“If we play with the passion that we play and we show the quality that we showed against Manchester City then all is possible, but I think it’s too early,” he added.

Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Pep Guardiola (right)
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Man City’s Guardiola calls Pochettino one of world’s best managers

London, Oct 1 (IANS) Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola praised the Argentine coach of Tottenham Hotspur football club Mauricio Pochettino calling the later as one of the best managers in the world.

City and Tottenham will play this Sunday at London’s White Hart Lane stadium in the seventh round of the English Premier League (EPL), reports Efe.

Guardiola and Pochettino have a shared history in the Catalan derby when the former was coach of Barcelona and the latter led Spain.

“We played against Pochettino as players and then as coaches. I think he’s one of the best managers in the world – I enjoy watching Tottenham,” Pep said on Friday at the sports city of the Citizens.

“He’s doing an amazing job in London at Spurs. The way they play I like a lot – they’re aggressive and have a lot of quality,” said the Catalan.

“The basis of the team is the national team with (Dele) Alli, (Kyle) Walker, (Harry) Kane – they have a lot of quality. Last season they were there until the last couple of games for the championship,” he continued.

“This year they’re playing at a high level – they’re in second position so it will be a tough game and I’m looking forward to going to White Hart Lane for the first time in my life. We will try and do our job,” Guardiola added.

For Sunday’s game, the Spanish coach, who got full marks with City in the EPL this season so far, will be without four players: Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph, who are injured, as well as the sanctioned Nolito.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino's reaction to FA's ban on Dembele
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hits out at FA's 6-game ban for Mousa Dembele
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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s reaction to FA’s ban on Dembele

FA have handed out a Six match ban out to the Tottenham Hotspurs Midfielder Mousa Dembele. The spurs midfielder was caught in an eye gauging bust-up with Chelsea striker Diego Da Silva Costa after the Battle of the Bridge, last Monday. After checking the video footages FA decided to suspend Dembele for Six matches.

Meanwhile The Sun reports, the Tottenham boss claims that the FA have been unfair to his team and clearly this is not the first time they are being treated like this in recent weeks. According to Pochettino, Dembele’s punishment is too much compared to his crime, and FA have been unfair to them. The Spurs boss is unhappy as he thinks that in such an ill-tempered, intense match , those things can happen.

Poch said: “In football, our responsibility is to be professional. When you are professional, you do not give your opinion, your personal opinion. “If I support Tottenham, playing against some team which are fighting for the title or to survive then I can’t give my opinion like a supporter. I need to give my opinion like a professional. “It’s always dangerous when something happens like that. “Maybe in the last few weeks or months, we know some football people maybe don’t behave like professionals We need to be careful. “Maybe in the next few meetings of the Premier League, the managers and also the staff, we need to say that in future we must be careful with all these comments in public.”

Chelsea No. 10, Eden Hazard scored the 2nd goal, a late equalizer to draw level the match at the bridge. But according to the Chelsea star, he wanted to stop his London rivals at any cost from winning the Premier League and backed Leicester City to win it. Hazard believed he scored the winner not the equalizer! Not only Hazard but also Begovic and Fabregas publicly vowed the same before the match.

Poch said: “Sometimes people say my press conference is boring because I’m very polite or political. No, I am professional. That’s a big difference. “I don’t want to popular. I want to be professional. That’s the most important thing. “It’s easy to say big things against our enemy because it makes it look like ‘Oh, the people love me, I’m very strong, so I’ll say things like this.’ Come on. We are professional. “The managers, the league, the players’ association need to say that we must behave professionally. “We need to play, be honest and show integrity and be professional always. “I like it when our opponent fights and tries to win. But if we want to keep healthy football in the future and don’t be cynical and dishonest, we need to behave in a different way.”

Tottenham will face Southampton at the St. Mary’s today, but Dembele cannot play that match due to his ban, which is a huge setback for the team. The Spurs boss believes that Tottenham are no longer a soft team, they have got the aggression, attitude, and the character to achieve anything, and the game at the bridge proved that.

He said: “This is a good improvement. I hear in the last few years that in the past Tottenham were soft, but now we start to show character. “We crossed the line maybe yes, I’m not stupid. But it’s important to manage better our energy for the next season and be sure we learn from this a lot. “This season we showed we are not a nice team to play against. Not anymore. “Our opponents don’t like to play against us because we show passion. Maybe too much passion. “But we need to take it in a positive way. We need to manage it in a better way and try to win the title. “If you want to be a contender for the Premier League sometimes things like this happen.”

Pochettino Praises The Foxes and Vows to Come Back Stronger Next Season
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Pochettino Praises The Foxes and Vows to Come Back Stronger Next Season

The Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has vowed after their 2-2 draw at the Stamford Bridge against Chelsea that his team will come back stronger next season after their title chase finally ends as Leicester City have mathematically won the league.

Tottenham were leading 2-0 away at the Stamford Bridge, but then Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard pulled it back for the Blues, which earned Leicester City they are first ever Premier League title.

Despite losing the title after getting so close to The Foxes, the Argentine boss was full of praise for the Foxes, and his side who pushed them all the way in a remarkable season, reports The Sun.

Pochettino explained: “First of all I congratulate Leicester and Claudio Ranieri and his players and supporters. I’m disappointed because I thought we fought hard to be in the race.

“At 2-0 up in the first half, in the second half we have to counter and score the third but this happens [in football]. When we conceded the first goal anything can happen.

“I’m very disappointed but at the same time very proud of my players.

“It was a derby and we were fighting for the title and Chelsea were fighting.

“It makes us feel proud how Chelsea showed big respect to us and this is the way we want to carry on next season.

“We respect them, we have full respect for them.

As the clock ticked on towards the 90th minute, the game turned into a savage affair, as the young Spurs side picked up a total of nine yellow cards, there could have been many more, but Mark Clattenburg did the sensible thing and kept the red card in his pocket, as things could get even worse.

A heated argument takes place in the first half
A heated argument takes place in the first half

“It’s football, we are men, they are men, we need to show we are strong.

“It was a good lesson for us, we are the youngest squad in the league, we feel very proud and our supporters need to feel proud too, we have massive potential for the future.

“We are disappointed because of the title but we need to be realistic and congratulate our players.

“Next season we need to be stronger than this season and try to be in the race.” – said the Argentine boss.

Tottenham coach Pochettino wants to emulate Alex Ferguson
Tottenham coach Pochettino wants to emulate Alex Ferguson
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Tottenham coach Pochettino wants to emulate Alex Ferguson

London, April 30 (IANS) Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino on Saturday said he will try and replicate Manchester United former head coach Alex Ferguson’s title-littered reign at the English football club where he is set to be in charge till 2021.

The coach has agreed verbally to a contract extension till 2021. And with Spurs moving to a new training complex and a new stadium Pochettino believes emulating Ferguson is possible.

“Why not? Sir Alex is a very special person. He was given the security to build his legacy at Manchester United. I believe we are special too, and we can build it here together,” Pochettino was quoted as saying by express.co.uk.

“This club is special. I feel the love from the beginning, from the very first day. I am very happy to be here to hopefully achieve big things.”

The Argentine believes the time ahead will be difficult but exciting.

“The potential is fantastic, with the new stadium. The club is coming to a very tough period because we are building a new stadium and we may focus sometimes on that, but at the same time it is very exciting,” he said.

Pochettino has been on the wishlist of top European clubs like Real Madrid, United and Paris Saint-Germain but the 44-year-old said he will be signing the Tottenham contract next week.

“To stop the speculation, we reached a verbal agreement with the club to extend my contract here for two years more until 2021. We haven’t signed yet – maybe Tuesday or tomorrow, it depends on my lawyer,” he said.

“But we reached the verbal agreement to stay here for the next five years and that it is a good moment to communicate this to you and so that all people know my future is here.

“It is important for all to know I believe in this club, the players, the staff, the supporters and the people here. That is why we have decided to stay here. We have made steps in the time we have been here and we believe we believe in more time we can achieve big things.”

“It is an easy decision. When you are happy and feel the love of the people and the potential of the club is massive. Why change? Why not stay here?”

Mauricio Pochettino
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Shocking news for Man United: Pochettino wants to extend his contract at Tottenham

According to Teamtalk, Mauricio Pochettino has just confirmed that he wants to extend his contract at Tottenham Hotspurs by two years, which will see him at the White Hart Lane till 2021.

The Argentinian manager has been linked with many big clubs, including Manchester United. But it looks like that the switch to the Old Trafford will not be possible anymore as the 44-year-old has already verbally agreed to a new five-year extension at the White Hart Lane.

Pochettino, the former Saints boss, came to the White Hart Lane in May 2014. He is yet to officially sign the contract but has verbally agreed to sign it by next Tuesday.

Spurs fans are very happy this season as the club have improved very well under Pochettino. Maybe it seems tough to snatch the Premier League trophy from Leicester’s hands, being 7 points behind, but Mauricio’s side have shown that they can do anything. Who knows, there could be more drama still left!

Inevitably his success has led him to a whole new level and he was a target for many clubs especially for the struggling Manchester United, who are badly looking for a replacement of the Dutchman Louis Van Gaal.

But a verbal agreement on Friday shows his passion about the club, as he is now all set to extend his contract with Spurs:

“It was an easy decision when you feel the love of the people and the potential of the club is massive, so why change?

“We create a good atmosphere on the training ground and I think we can achieve big things in the future. I believe in this project and this club. I want to stay here.”

Tottenham ready to fight for title: Pochettino
Tottenham ready to fight for title: Pochettino
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Tottenham ready to fight for title: Pochettino

London, April 19 (IANS) Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised his players after their 4-0 demolition of Stoke City, asserting that the performance demonstrated that they are ready to fight for the English Premier League (EPL) title.

Monday night’s win saw second-placed Tottenham log 68 points in 34 matches, five points behind leaders Leicester City. With four games still to go, Pochettino felt that his team have the belief and passion for closing the gap.

“We need to believe that is possible. It is good for the competition that we are in behind to try and put pressure on Leicester,” the Argentine told the local media after the match.

“The most important thing is the performance we showed today was perfect. It is a big signal we are there waiting and fighting,” he added.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli scored twice each as Tottenham kept their hopes for a first top division title since the 1960-61 season alive.

Tottenham play after Leicester in each of their next three games — against West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea, and Southampton — but Pochettino felt that it may suit his players as they do not look like slipping up.

“I feel very proud. Our supporters were fantastic and they feel proud of us. I think this an exciting moment for the club. In football all can happen and, if Leicester fail, we need to be there. We need to try and reduce the gap. This is our dream,” he said.

Alli had an outstanding game, with his two goals taking his season’s tally to 10. But he was also guilty of missing an open goal, when he took the ball around Stoke goalkeeper Shay Given, only to hit the post.

However, the England international’s performance drew praise even from the Stoke fans when he was substituted six minutes from the end.

“He played very well. He is very young and some ups and downs are normal. But he showed unbelievable skill, two goals scored, one clear miss. Today for me, though, we need to give the credit to the whole team, because the collective effort was fantastic,” Pochettino said.

Tottenham boss Pochettino believes they can win the title
Tottenham boss Pochettino believes they can win the title
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Tottenham boss Pochettino has a warning for Leicester City

After the brilliant win over Manchester United, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned title-favourite Leicester City that Spurs are still on their tail.

White Hart Lane’s Argentine boss made it clear, his boys proved once again they are not at all throwing in the towel after goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela kept alive Tottenham’s title dream.

After Claudio Ranieri’s team clinched a 2-0 win earlier in the day, the Spurs had to win against United to maintain the seven-point deficit.

Pochettino said after the match: “We sent a message that we are there, waiting and fighting. If they fail we need to stay there, it’s important.

“It’s true that seven points are a difficult gap to reduce, but we need to believe.

“And the performance like today, and the result like today, showed that this team believes.

“What happens in the end, we will see. But it is important to keep this mentality.

“I think we moved one step forward. It was an experience for this young squad to play with pressure and try to reduce the gap.”

The kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes because the United team bus was stuck in traffic and the hold-up looked to make Tottenham anxious.

But they netted three stunning goals in just six second-half minutes, starting in the 70th, to ease the anxiety around the ground.

“The performance was fantastic,” he added. “The first-half was difficult, I think 50-50.

“But in the second-half, we played much better. I feel very proud, full credit to our players, it was a fantastic performance and effort against a team that was difficult in history to beat.”

Referring to the fact that Tottenham had not beaten Manchester United at home since 2001 he further said: “After 15 years it was important for our fans to enjoy this type of game.

“Leicester showed big character and personality, with a good performance.

“They fully deserved the result. It was important for us to show after the Leicester game character, personality and maturity.”

He also admitted the delay could have hindered his boys.

“It’s true that it was difficult from the beginning of the game,” he said. “We missed a lot of easy passes.

“We arrived at 12.30 at the stadium, and spent a lot of time waiting for the start of the game.”

Leicester City are now closing in on one of the most historical achievements club football has ever seen; moving from apparent relegation certainties one year to Premier League champions in the next.

The Foxes at present hold a seven-point advantage over Tottenham with five rounds of matches to go, with Arsenal now as outsiders a further six points back.

Claudio Ranieri’s boys are now also assured of a place in the Champions League, 19 points ahead of Manchester United in fifth.

Stats say, Leicester will be the first team since Nottingham Forest in 1977-78 to clinch the league title for the first time, having only once before – in 1928-29 – finished as runners-up.

Pochettino to be rewarded new contract
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Spurs to reward Pochettino new contract with huge pay hike

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to reap the lucrative financial rewards of his team’s exceptional Premier League season.

According to a report from Daily Mail, the Argentine tactician is now closer than ever to sign a new deal at White Hart Lane which is worth £3.5million-per-season, a £1.5million-per-year increase on his current contract that still has three more years to run.

The 44-year-old Spurs boss has guided this Tottenham squad into second position on the Premier League ladder and within touching distance of an historical first Premier League silverware.

The North Londoners right now sit five points behind surprise-package Leicester City with eight matches still remaining.

However, it is believed both Spurs hierarchy and Pochettino are in no hurry to finalise the deal, with both parties want to have 100 per cent of the team’s focus on winning the Premier League.

Last week the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in their Europa League round-of-16 first leg seems to have only injected a new life into Tottenham’s title bid, leading to an impressive 2-0 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday.

While it’s quite clear that Pochettino would not like to get mired in such speculation of pay hike, it is worth nothing just how valuable it would be to retain his services for Spurs in the long-run.

After wandering for years in the wilderness, the Argentine tactician’s arrival in 2014 was exactly what Spurs needed. He has been able to bring stability to multiple levels at White Hart Lane – like everything starting from the training ground to the back office to the pitch itself. In contrast to the wheeler-dealer time of Harry Redknapp and the wide splurge after Gareth Bale’s exit in 2013, this seemed like a real progress in hand.

Add more to that, you will find progress that is sustainable. Rather than constantly diverting resources to find the next big signing, Pochettino has managed to re-install, with the help from head of recruitment Paul Mitchell and Academy Director John McDermott, a well-accepted culture which will continue to see Tottenham’s biggest players emerging through development and savvy recruiting.