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Mauricio Pochettino: I'll take the blame if Spurs lose to Newcastle

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Mauricio Pochettino feels his Tottenham side are 'playing the right way'

Mauricio Pochettino feels his Tottenham side are 'playing the right way'

Mauricio Pochettino feels his Tottenham side are 'playing the right way'

Mauricio Pochettino is happy to take the blame if his Tottenham side are knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

Newcastle are the visitors to White Hart Lane as both sides look to make it into the semi-finals and move one step closer to a March final at Wembley.

Tottenham overcame Brighton in the last round despite making 10 changes from their previous Premier League fixture, and Pochettino had a similar rotation philosophy during his time at Southampton.

Although he would not be drawn on who would feature against Alan Pardew's men other than to confirm Emmanuel Adebayor's absence, Pochettino insists any team he picks will be good enough to get the job done.

"For me, it was a lack of respect for my players," Pochettino said, when asked about being criticised for making changes.

"I always defend my players. If we have players in the squad, it is because we believe in them. If not, why are the players in the squad? But always when you lose, people take something to criticise you. For me, it's a lack of respect, not for me but for the players who played in the game.

"I accept the criticism, but I can't accept criticism for the players."

A packed early-season schedule means Pochettino would be ready to freshen up his side tonight - and would face the consequences if the decision backfired.


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