Mauricio Pochettino Admits His Job Is on the Line

It is incredible that Mauricio Pochettino has been in charge of Tottenham for four years. He is the club’s longest serving manager since the days of Keith Burkinshaw came to an end in 1984. Pochettino has been in charge of Tottenham for more than 1500 days and he has been in charge of 224 matches. Yet, this is the first time the manager has admitted that his job could be on the line if Tottenham lost this weekend. Speaking ahead of the game against Brighton, Pochettino said:

“I am going to stick with the club, I am not going to criticise the club. All the decisions are our decisions and of course always with the club until the end. The only way we can stop that [criticism] is winning games and if we don’t win, everyone is going to criticise more than now. And you know what is going to happen when we don’t win games — the first responsible is me.”

Three consecutive losses have placed Spurs in a tricky situation. Luckily, the three defeats have come in two different competitions and it softens the impact of those losses. Tottenham can always make the turnaround due to the quality of players at their disposal, but it is a commendable statement from Pochettino. And in case you believe them, you can bet hard online with a bonus. In an era where managers are quick to shift the blame towards the board or players, the Argentine has been quick to take the blame on himself. Yet, it is quite obvious that Spurs made a major blunder in the summer by not adding fresh blood to the squad.

The situation is made worse by Tottenham players doing well at the World Cup. In the recent defeat against Liverpool, Tottenham fielded a starting line-up that have racked up more than twice the number of minutes as Liverpool players at the World Cup. It would be wrong to shift the entire blame towards the World Cup exertions, but Pochettino has had little option but to use his players from the word go.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been able to rest players like Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud for the first couple of weeks. The crucial time off has had a major impact on these players at the West London club, as they have functioned extremely well since coming back. The likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli have not had that luxury. Even though Kane has responded with a decent return of two league goals, he has been a shadow of his former self. The sharpness in his game might have helped him secure at least three times his current goal return this season.

A major solace for Pochettino is a run of games against teams that Tottenham would normally be expected to beat – Brighton, Watford, and Huddersfield. Spurs have to pick up momentum from these matches before they head into the home match against Barcelona of all opponents in the Champions League. After having learnt of the pitfalls of going into an international break with bad vibes, Spurs will not want to repeat the same in the next few weeks.

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