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Mauricio Pochettino Confident Tottenham Will Take Next Step Soon

15 Marcha 2018
Mauricio Pochettino Confident Tottenham Will Take Next Step Soon

The Belgian international has made just two appearances since November due to a niggling hamstring injury which he aggravated during an FA Cup clash with Rochdale last month. "I think the most important thing is that we are showing we are able to compete".

'It's a massive situation that you must learn from, ' said Pochettino. The ESPN FC panel lament Tottenham for being naive in the two legs against Juventus, allowing the more experienced side enough room to qualify. "We put pressure on the referee", he said.

"It is difficult to deliver that kind of performance but we will have a go", he said.

Therefore, Neymar, the third best player in the world, and Mbappé, perhaps the best under 21, were brought to the team, in order to break the European elite and establish themselves as a powerful force in the continent.

"Juventus are specialists, because they have habit to win, the habit to put pressure on the referee", he said.

Pochettino described how Juve chief executive Giuseppe Marotta berated referee Szymon Marcinak during the interval, stating his own team were too "nice" to make the difference.

Szczesny certainly knows how to wind up Tottenham fans and according to the Evening Standard, he 'stunned' Wembley officials with his behaviour in the last minute.

Alderweireld has been eased back in to training after doing light individual work in recent weeks but Pochettino says the centre-back is now back doing 'parts' of training with the rest of the first team squad. The chairman (Andrea Agnelli) stayed in the tunnel before and during the game.

Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham they must learn from Juventus about exerting more power and influence around the fringes of the game. We had two penalties in first half because of the handballs, maybe Jan Vertonghen was a penalty but it's about balance.

Now Pochettino believes Tottenham's coaching staff can help out the players better to win the off-field battles.

"I am still a dreamer".

'I'm not saying that [Spurs chairman] Daniel [Levy] needs to be there only that Juventus was a massive lesson in how to behave. It's knowing what teams that reach the Champions League final the last three seasons, how they are.

"It's good to learn".

They are joint first (alongside Manchester City and Liverpool - who are ahead on goals scored) in the Premier League form table.

Pochettino did not criticise Juventus for their efforts to gain an edge; rather, he admired them. For us, it's too early to judge us in this way because the process is a long one. Another player needs one day and a half, another player a few hours.