Tuesday 10 December 2019

Klinsmann: Pochettino needs time

Mauricio Pochettino, pictured, has been backed to succeed at Tottenham by Jurgen Klinsmann
Mauricio Pochettino, pictured, has been backed to succeed at Tottenham by Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann has urged Tottenham to give Mauricio Pochettino time to bring the glory days back to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham were booed off the pitch on Sunday after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Stoke - their fourth loss in five Barclays Premier League games at home this season.

The latest defeat saw Pochettino's men drop to 12th in the Premier League table but Klinsmann, who scored 38 goals in 65 appearances during two successful stints at the club, believes the Argentinian will be a success in north London provided he is given time to get things right.

"I wish Mauricio only the best,'' Klinsmann told national newspapers.

"He's a tremendous, talented coach. He's shown that already. He's got a smart brain.

"In order for Mauricio to put his stamp on Spurs he needs time. He also needs a couple of transfer windows to build the team he has in mind, to put the puzzle together that he envisions.

"Unfortunately, professional football is driven by short-term results and high media expectations and high fan expectations and that often drives clubs to make very quick decisions because they've lost five games in a row."

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adebayor thinks Tottenham players are paralysed by fear at White Hart Lane and would rather play away due to the negative atmosphere generated by the club's supporters.

The Togo striker, speaking after Sunday's defeat to Mark Hughes' side, said the players were afraid to receive the ball during the contest.

"Will it help playing away from home? To be honest, I think so," Adebayor said.

"At least you know 'I am going to be having the majority of opposition fans booing me rather than our own fans booing me'.

"And I am not just talking about me, I am speaking on behalf of all the players.

"I think it might be better to play away from home at the moment because at least we know beforehand we are guaranteed to be booed because they want their home club to win.

"But when you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder."

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