Pochettino: I don't believe it's the end of something at Tottenham

Real Madrid may have been linked with Mauricio Pochettino, but the Argentine is planning on a long career with Tottenham.

Published : Nov 02, 2018 21:56 IST

Tottenham boss Maurico Pochettino.
Tottenham boss Maurico Pochettino.

Tottenham boss Maurico Pochettino.

Mauricio Pochettino is focused on building a "long-term project" at Tottenham despite being touted for the vacant manager's role at Real Madrid.

Pochettino's name has been linked with Los Blancos since the departure of Julen Lopetegui on Monday, the Spurs coach having reportedly interested Madrid as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane earlier in the year.

Despite those reports, Pochettino signed an extension with Spurs in May, committing his future to the club until 2023.

READ: Emery hopes for good news as Arsenal faces full-back crisis

And, he is not letting talk of Madrid affect his plans of turning Tottenham in challengers for silverware in the Premier League and Europe.

"We work with the responsibility to create a long-term project. Today in football, it's about the present, it's about getting good results quickly and as soon as possible. It's so difficult to talk about projects," Pochettino told a media conference.

"At the same time you need to try to anticipate the things that are going to come. We always work to try and win games tomorrow, but if the club is not prepared with a plan for the future, in the end you are going to fail."

ALSO READ:  Manchester derby, Champions League, Chelsea - Matches Man City star De Bruyne is set to miss

"I think the success here is that we always work in thinking of today but also in thinking of tomorrow, and I think that's the most important thing. I work like I'm going to be here for all of my career."

He added: "I think we're in the middle of the [journey] and I don't believe that it's the end of something. The reality is we are very close to finishing the new stadium, we're very close to creating, in facilities, one of the best clubs in the world."

"For me it's so exciting to be here at Tottenham, helping the club to achieve the last level. I think we're so close to getting the last level. I want to feel the glory with Tottenham."

ALSO READ:  Guardiola: I never asked Manchester City to buy Messi

"But, first of all we need to finish the stadium, move there, finish the facilities here, be settled, make our stadium home again and work so hard to try to be competitive."

Spurs faces Wolves at Molineux this weekend, and Pochettino knows that Nuno Espirito Santo's side will be a tough nut to crack, despite only being 10 games into its Premier League return.

"We are going to face a team that are playing really well. Of course, it will be a massive challenge for us, it will be a very competitive game," he said.

ALSO READ:  De Bruyne so sad at fresh injury blow, says Guardiola

"It is a game we need to win and after defeat to Manchester City we need a good position in the table. We are also thinking in [terms of] performance and not just the three points."

"They [Wolves] always face big teams and are very competitive and very good. I think they have a lot of very good players and are doing very well from the beginning of the season."

Pochettino will again be without Victor Wanyama for the trip to Wolves due to a knee injury, the midfielder joining Eric Dier (thigh), Danny Rose (groin) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) on the sidelines.

Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment