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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: I feel same pressure as Jurgen Klopp

Published 16/10/2015 | 12:21

Mauricio Pochettino, pictured, says just as much pressure comes with his job as Jurgen Klopp's
Mauricio Pochettino, pictured, says just as much pressure comes with his job as Jurgen Klopp's

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he is under just as much pressure as Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp.

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Klopp makes his Barclays Premier League debut in the White Hart Lane encounter on Saturday as he looks to reinvigorate the Reds' disappointing start to the season.

The German has set his stall out to lead the Merseyside club to one title within four years, while in the short term he and Pochettino are scrapping it out for a place in the top four.

Spurs have hired six managers in 10 years in pursuit of regular Champions League football and Pochettino believes his job comes with an equal burden of pressure.

"Can he win one title in four years? I don't know. It's a question for other people, not me," the Argentinian said.

"I believe he knows he is in a big club and Liverpool have a lot of expectation. It's like us at Tottenham - there is the same pressure. In a few years we need to win some titles too, no?

"I think it's very good for the Premier League that he comes here.

"He impressed us with his job at Borussia Dortmund and we wish him all the best - after Saturday."

Pochettino led Southampton to eighth in his first full campaign in England, which equalled the club's highest league finish since 1990.

Southampton's players quickly adopted Pochettino's high-pressing style and he believes Klopp can make a similarly swift impact at Anfield.

"Convince the players they believe in your philosophy and your ideas - that's the first important thing," Pochettino said.

"Then you need to know the culture, the different mentality, the different football in England.

"When you are a manager like Klopp and you have the capacity to manage in the Champions League final, you have the skill to adapt your ideas to the new culture."

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