Thursday 27 July 2017

My wife is my biggest critic, I had to ban her - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino wouldn’t tell his wife to stay away from Wembley. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images
Mauricio Pochettino wouldn’t tell his wife to stay away from Wembley. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Matt Law

Arsene Wenger may have Arsenal Fan TV to tell him where he is going wrong, but Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that his wife is his biggest critic.

Pochettino is not suffering any of the difficulties Wenger is experiencing, with his Spurs team second in the Premier League, looking forward to tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final against Millwall and the fans happy.

But that does not spare Pochettino from criticism from his wife Karina, whom the Argentinian has banned from White Hart Lane in recent weeks with Tottenham on a winning run.

"Always when I arrive home, because she was watching on TV, my wife says why this or why that?" said Pochettino. "She always gives her opinion, but always after, never before. We lose - why play this? Why not that? Why not change? She is worse than you (journalists)."

Pochettino also received a warning for his behaviour on the touchline.

"I went mad celebrating after our third goal against Everton last week," he said. "I saw my phone and my wife said, 'Oh, what did you do? You lost your head when Dele scored. Never again'."

Karina will be absent from the stands for Millwall's visit tomorrow, but Pochettino will not extend her ban to Wembley if Tottenham get there.

"In the last few weeks she has not been coming to White Hart Lane. I said, 'Better stay at home because we keep winning'."

Asked if Karina would also be asked to stay away from Wembley, Pochettino replied: "No, no, no. I like my wife."

Harry Kane, Premier League Player of the Month for February, this week said that a loan spell as a teenager at Millwall helped him to become a man.

Kane was one of a number of Tottenham players, including Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, who went out on loan before breaking into the first team. But Pochettino has explained why he has largely stopped Spurs loaning out their best young players to lower-league clubs, saying: "I prefer to have our young players here and offer them the potential to be first-team players than send them out on loan.

"When you give those players the opportunity to train with the senior squad, that is an even better experience.

"One example is Kazaiah Sterling. Next season he will be here and it means every day there is an U-18 striker training with Harry Kane. There is no better teacher to learn from.

"We try to provide the facility to train with the first team for any player who can cope with the pressure." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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