Does Mauricio Pochettino’s bizarre rants show all is not right at Tottenham?

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 18 September 2018, 12:07

This week Mauricio Pochettino has been looking to cows in a field for inspiration.

Last week, he told us that if his Tottenham players weren’t on it from kick off against Liverpool he was going to ring NASA for help.

There must be a subliminal message in here somewhere. It could well be that Spurs have about as much chance of winning the Premier League or any major trophy for that matter, as there is of a cow jumping over the moon.

In just a few hours we’ll have a clearer idea of what his team can do even if none of us have a clue what on earth the manager is banging on about at the moment given his bizarre press conferences.

They face Inter Milan in the Champions League group stage looking for respite and a rebound from back-to-back defeats in the Premier League; an event almost as rare as Lunar landings.

Spurs have not lost two in a row in the English top flight for more than two years - since May 2016 in fact when their exhausted young team had surrendered the title to Leicester and were mentally and physically empty.

That’s enough to make any fan’s head spin but surely not the manager’s? Pochettino is employed to be the steady hand on the tiller and so far he has done a pretty good job of it.

He has enjoyed the patience and unflinching support of a chairman in Daniel Levy who has kept his counsel on the lack of trophies and who has backed his coach whenever necessary in the transfer market.

But there is a growing feeling that something is not quite right at Tottenham. No spending in the transfer market in the summer and now two bizarre outbursts in front of the media, while his team squirms in the spotlight from a dip in form.

 

Before Tottenham played host to Liverpool on Saturday, Pochettino insisted he was determined to iron out the lackadaisical attitude of his players, with particular reference to the 2-1 defeat at Watford which he rubbished as a ‘testimonial’.

He went on to declare that if they were as slow out of the blocks against then league leaders Liverpool: “I will phone Houston and say ‘we have a problem’.

Three days later and after losing to the same scoreline against Jurgen Klopp’s side he asked more questions than he answered by muttering:

“It’s like the cow in the field who sees the train pass at the same time every day. If you ask the cow what time is the train? He won’t know the answer.”

Of course it won’t. Because if it is an English cow then the train will probably be delayed pretty much every other day so he or she will be as in the dark as the rest of us about what time it is eventually going to arrive.

The moral of this story is either - don’t be a silly cow, learn from your experiences and improve. Or it is don’t trust the timetables at your local station.

One makes a tiny bit of sense I guess and in a way we have to admire Pochettino for the colourful way in which he is trying to get his points across at a time when he really should be turning the air blue in front of his underperforming stars.

The decision not to buy a single player and spend a single bean of Levy’s money in the summer is now looking a little misguided.

Whatever position is most in need of reinforcing is irrelevant. Simply bringing in new players gives those already at a football club a bit of a jolt.

There is a case that not bringing in new blood might just be letting the current squad think they are reasonably comfortable in their positions, and that could breed dangerous lethargy.

It’s something Pochettino needs to nip in the bud. He may have started it by axing Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld for the game at the San Siro.

That message needs to get through to all the other misfiring players at Spurs, otherwise Pochettino is just talking bull….

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