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Pundit’s Choice: Mauricio Pochettino

Pundit’s Choice: Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in recent times after seeing their side suffer a third successive defeat in all competitions on Tuesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their meeting with Inter Milan in the Champions League off the back of losses at the hands of Watford and Liverpool in the Premier League, and thus seeking to get back to winning ways in the San Siro on Tuesday. And they looked on course to do just that thanks to Christian Eriksen’s opener, only to concede two late goals to Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino to suffer a hugely disappointing 2-1 defeat, thus already leaving them up against it in terms of qualifying for the last 16.

As such, there have been many frustrated Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from Hibernian manager Neil Lennon, who was on Sky Sports’ The Debate show on Tuesday night.

The 47-year-old suggested, following Pochettino’s rant at his post-match press conference on Tuesday night, that ‘it’s not like’ the Argentine and that maybe there was a ‘little bit of a crack there’ that he hasn’t before been seen from the Spurs boss.

And the former Celtic boss is absolutely spot on to suggest that the Tottenham chief could well be feeling the pressure after suffering three straight losses for the first time since taking over the North Londoners back in 2014.

Ultimately, Pochettino has been praised by many throughout his time at Tottenham in helping take the club back towards the upper echelons of the Premier League table, finishing third back in 2016 before going one better by ending up runners-up to Chelsea the season after.

And he has done so with an attacking brand of football that has brought the best out of the likes of Eriksen, Harry Kane, and Dele Alli, at the same time earning him and indeed his team many rave reviews along the way.

However, it appears that things have come to a head in recent times, what with Spurs failing to land any players during the summer transfer window, failing to move into their new stadium on time, and of course suffering three straight defeats in all competitions – and Pochettino’s tense press conference on Tuesday suggests that he may well be feeling the pressure.

The Argentine has always been very good with the media since his move to English football with Southampton back in 2013, which is why his rant at journalists following his side’s defeat to Inter was very surprising and, as Lennon rightly suggests, was ‘not like’ him.

Ultimately, this is unchartered territory for Pochettino given he has not before embarked on a run like this as Spurs boss – he has never really been under pressure, certainly for his team’s on the field performance, during his time in charge of the club.

He is now though, and it does appear to be getting to him somewhat, but whether that is chiefly down to the three-match losing streak, or indeed the frustrations during the summer, is unknown – it could well be a combination of the two.

Overall though, Lennon is absolutely spot on to suggest that the Argentine may well be feeling the pressure after three successive defeats.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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