Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino does not believes his side will have a huge advantage in the FA Cup semi-final despite the Wembley Stadium due to host the game. Spurs have played all of their home matches at the national stadium as they fast-track the completion of their new home ground which is expected to be opened for next season.
Spurs had their Wembley hoodoos during the start of the campaign as they failed to win three of their opening four matches. However, they have since managed to sort out their woes with their just one defeat against West Ham United since October. As a result, many have deemed favourites for Spurs ahead of their FA Cup semi-final at the Wembley, but Pochettino appears to dismiss the advantage, he said:“How it changes? Now the perception and the feeling. Seven months ago, it was horrendous to play there and now it’s an advantage. We are comfortable and happy to play there. The fans are more comfortable too. That is a very good thing, but I don’t think it will be an advantage to play there.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that Harry Kane is one of the world’s best strikers after he found the scoresheet in the north London derby win over Arsenal last weekend. The England international had multiple chances to score versus the Gunners, but ultimately had to settle for a solitary goal which was sufficient to help Spurs to three points.
Speaking after the game, Pochettino was full of praise for the 24-year-old, who he regards as the present and future of Spurs. He said: “In the last three years I am repeating that he is one of the best strikers in the world. Sometimes you believe that it’s because he’s my player and I try to praise him. But I’m telling you and I tell you again, from my experience in football, he’s one of the best. And he deserves that. He is the present and the future. It is amazing what he is achieving. We are so proud that he is in our side.”
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his squad to dominate Real Madrid during Tuesday’s Champions League outing from the Bernabeu. Spurs travel to the Spanish capital in good form having beaten both Borussia Dortmund and APOEL in convincing fashion on Group H.
However, their likely is likely to be stiffer on Tuesday as they take on back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid on the road. Despite the odds stacked against them, Pochettino has insisted that Spurs will stick to their attacking approach in the search for a potential upset.
Mauricio Pochettino has taken a dig at his Manchester United counterpart, Louis Van Gaal, by saying that the Dutchman should stop moaning about the fixture congestion. Van Gaal has been heavily voicing his opinion against the lack of a winter break in English football. Further, he has also been taken aback by the number of fixtures during the Christmas period. Unlike in most leagues across Europe, the English football does not take a break during Christmas. Instead, there are several matches in the space of a week. Van Gaal’s criticism, though, is not valid given that all the teams have to go through the same schedule according to Pochettino.
The former Southampton boss has been enjoying our good run of form during the Christmas period. The sheer number of points available for teams to pick up during this time has enabled Tottenham to zoom ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool into the top six. They have yet another tough match against Chelsea on New Year’s Day, but Pochettino is already looking forward to getting back on the pitch. Van Gaal did not make any changes to the United team that could only get a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane. This was the first time that United have brought an unchanged team in 85 league matches.
“The condition was the same for both teams. We never complain about when the opponent has the same condition as you.For Tottenham, from the beginning of the season, is the team that has had less recovery days in every competition. I never complain about that.I think Manchester had the same hours to recover as us. We showed we are more solid as a team,” said Pochettino. “I don’t have possibility to change because we don’t have the most fit players in the world,” said Van Gaal.