Arsene Wenger defends Mauricio Pochettino after Tottenham slump

Ross Houston
October 8, 2019

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on February 23, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. But his progress appears to have stalled.

Tottenham's abject display at Brighton followed elimination from the domestic League Cup by a fourth-tier club and a 7-2 Champions League drubbing by Bayern Munich last week, results which raised even more speculation that Pochettino's time could soon be up amid the risk of going backwards following season after season of unexpected top-four finishes, capped by last June's Champions league final appearance.

Wenger, however, leapt to the defence of his old adversary.

'In five and a half years, every single press conference, we are talking about my future'.

A club insider told Athletic that although Pochettino has not lost the dressing room as yet, the players feel they are physically and mentally drained out under him.

"They are a bit destabilised".

"When I played them two or three years ago, they looked like a young, hungry team who had found good strengths, good core of the team with people who were together, growing inside the club", Wenger said of north London neighbours.

Tottenham are ninth in the standings and have not won any of their last 10 away games.

While Pochettino retains the belief of a few the diehard supporters, as against the keyboard warriors who're conducting a advertising campaign against him on social media, there had been a few travelling followers in Brighton who let their gamers know the tactic offended they had been on the closing whistle, as Winks acknowledged.

The next game to take place at the new state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following Spurs' Champions League debacle will be Sunday's NFL clash between the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders. And he will certainly rebuild that.

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