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Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that he doesn’t believe his long-term future with Tottenham Hotspur is under threat due to his open relationship with chairman Daniel Levy.
The Spurs boss has overseen a damaging week for the club that has involved two heavy defeats and ten goals conceded against Bayern Munich and Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 7-2 defeat in the Champions League group stages against Bayern was their biggest ever home defeat, while a 3-0 defeat at the Amex was the worst possible response by his team.
However, Pochettino has declared that he still has the confidence of the board in his abilities as the manager of the football club.
He was speaking at a summit in Qatar about his relationship with Levy and what could be done to improve on their current 12th-place ranking in the Premier League.
He said: “We maintain a very good relationship, and it is extraordinary to have that support.
“I have always told him that, in addition to my chairman, I consider him a friend.
“Football is not a drama, it is a passion, and we cannot separate it from emotions. But neither can we make a sport as fantastic as this one because of the latest result.
“We must learn from defeats to be able to exceed our limits, and that begins by accepting that you don’t always win and that the opponent also works hard and makes merits.
The start to the season for Spurs would come as a hammer blow after reaching the Champions League final last season.
Levy has helped Pochettino increase the quality in his squad with the signings of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso. However, one player that is still at the club despite being heavily linked with a move away is Christian Eriksen.
The Danish playmaker has been often called upon from the bench so far this season, but he is confident that Pochettino, himself and Spurs can turn the tide in their favour.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Denmark’s upcoming international fixtures, he said: “It’s definitely my hardest time right now at Tottenham. The first year when I came was probably a bit up and down, but since Pochettino came in 2014, it has been a success story.
“Expectations for us are at a completely different level now. We have to win every time, and it’s the same feeling we have as players as well.
“We, as players, must try to keep all the negative things completely out.
“Everyone is professional, and in all clubs, there is the talk of players going away. That side of the matter has no bearing on how we have performed so far this season.
“If I, as a football player, took all the rumours to me, I would float on a cloud. But I know that it can’t all be true. It does not affect me what is written.”
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Eriksen and his teammates will have to turn the tide pretty quickly as they have huge fixtures coming up once the international break is over.
They return to Premier League action against Watford at home, before hosting Red Star Belgrade in a must-win Champions League tie.
The odds on them winning the European competition have risen sharply since their heavy defeat against Bayern Munich, while they are now outsiders to achieve a top-four finish because of their form, along with the results that Chelsea and Arsenal are putting together.
They will remain the favourites for their clash with Watford however, and you can read an in-depth look into the Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford game.