Mauricio Pochettino: I’ll always defend my Tottenham players
Mauricio Pochettino says he will accept blame if changed Spurs lose to Newcastle in Capital One Cup
Mauricio Pochettino says he will accept the blame if his weakened Tottenham Hotspur side lose to Newcastle United in the League Cup on Wednesday.
The north London club are expected to ring the changes for the visit of the Magpies after Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen scored a dramatic winner to seal a 2-1 win at Swansea on Sunday.
I accept the criticism, but I can’t accept criticism for the players
And Tottenham manager Pochettino is adamant that he will defend his Spurs player if his rotation policy backfires and they don’t reach the semi-finals of the League Cup.
“For me, it was a lack of respect for my players,” Pochettino said, when asked about being criticised for making changes.
“I always defend my players. If we have players in the squad, it is because we believe in them. If not, why are the players in the squad?
“But always when you lose, people take something to criticise you. For me, it’s a lack of respect, not for me but for the players who played in the game.
“I accept the criticism, but I can’t accept criticism for the players.”