Pochettino admits long term project risks


Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he risks his players becoming impatient waiting for his “long-term project” at the club to flourish.

An article by EirSport talks about how we finished third in 2015-16, and second behind Chelsea last season, however  Pochettino acknowledges that some players are becoming impatient for silverware at a club whose only major trophy this century was a League Cup win in 2008.
The article adds how Danny Rose openly expressed his frustration in August at our cautious transfer policy, complaining that the club kept buying players “you have to Google”, while  Kyle Walker joined Manchester City in June in a £45m deal which trebled his wages, citing a desire “to win trophies left, right and centre”.

“It’s human nature,” the Argentine said.The players always want to improve. The players always want different challenges or have different ideas.I am not worried because in the end it’s always three parts to the situation in football: one is the player, one is the club that own the player and the other is the team who wants the player and then it is to be agreed and try to make everyone happy with the decision. I think we are not worried.

Pochettino added:”We know our project, who we are and then try to develop our project. It’s not only thinking about today and tomorrow but thinking long-term is so important because it’s not only about winning today, tomorrow or after tomorrow, we need to win in one year, two years, three years and four years’ time.”

The article adds that Pochettino has confirmed England midfielder Dele Alli will be fit Saturday’s Premier League game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. He did not start the 2-0 home win over Brighton on Wednesday night after being substituted in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Stoke City at Wembley through illness.

“He’s okay. He’s ready. He was ill in the game against Stoke so to give him some rest is always important. He’s training well and he’s ready,” Pochettino said.

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