Pochettino in it at Spurs for the long haul

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There was speculation earlier in the season that Real Madrid were interested in making Mauricio Pochettino’s their next manager, but the Argentine is at least working as though he’ll be at Tottenham for decades to come.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Pochettino said: “It is always in my nature to work like you are going to be at the club forever, for your life. That is the commitment with the club, and to understand what the club expects from you, and try to deliver it for the club. That is our job.

He added: “Every season I think we improve. We signed nearly four years ago, and from the beginning we tried to reduce the gap and create a project to arrive at a very position for the new stadium, and to have the possibility to fight to be in the Champions League.We are ahead in that project. I think in the same way, the facilities the club is delivering for us is fantastic. We have one of the best training grounds in the world, and we are going to have one of the best stadiums. I think Tottenham is an exciting project, present and future.”

We are likely to head to the new stadium with Champions League qualification under our belt, as we sit eight points above fifth-place Chelsea with seven games to go.

The stadium and the training ground are down to to the clubs hierarchy but for Pochettino it is his job to create a comfortable home for players at pitch level? And how does he do that?

For him, it’s about encouraging education, whatever age the player is.”I think the most important [thing] is to create a platform, create an institute where players we bring in feel comfortable”:he said

He added:”I think all the players need coaching; if you do not push the player they are going to be too comfortable. Always you need to push.I listen to players like [Giorgio] Chiellini recently, or a player that has finished their career like Rio Ferdinand, they say it is always about learning. Learn, learn, learn, every day.

He went on to say: “If you are 25, 30, 35, you need to think you can learn every day. If not, you are going to go backwards, and of course you are going to fail, and you begin to see the end of your career.That’s the mentality we need, and a big percentage of our players have this mentality.”

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