Pochettino: I can handle criticism

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Mauricio Pochettino claims it is a “good thing” that he is being criticised ahead of Spurs’ clash with Asteras.

The Tottenham boss has come under scrutiny after some poor results and performances in recent matches, but feels that the negativity will only make him stronger.

Pochettino signed a five-year deal in the summer at the Lane and is keen to develop the style and philosophy which he wants to imprint on his team.

A trip to Asteras Tripolis this evening is followed by a tricky Premier League match when Stoke head to the Lane on Sunday.

“It’s a good thing to be criticised for a manager,” he said. “Everyone in the world is criticised.

“It’s a difficult thing to have all people agree with you and to make everyone happy. Our job is difficult, I understand it.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to share the same decisions because we are all referees, we are all managers, we are all journalists, sometimes.

“It’s my job. I am calm, I know which is my way, how we need to manage our players and our squad.

“It’s true that we need to get results, that’s the most important thing, but we have a clear way, a clear philosophy. We need to develop.

“Sometimes difficult moments happen but this is football.

“I enjoy this game, the next one on Sunday and try to get three points, which is the most important thing in football.”

“Every game is different, a different moment,” he said. “We know Asteras at home is a difficult team, a strong team.

“Their supporters are brave and we expect a very, very difficult game. Different, sure, to what we played in London.

“It will be a very important game for Asteras Tripolis, but don’t forget we also want the three points.”

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