Tottenham Hotspur v Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – UEFA Champions League – Tuesday 8pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Crvena Zvezda – Preview:
UNDER PRESSURE boss, Mauricio Pochettino admitted he wasn’t surprised over speculation surrounding his position following the north Londoners recent worrying dip in form.
Despite leading the club to the UEFA Champions League final at the end of the last campaign, the Argentine – who initially took the reins at White Hart Lane in May 2014 – has been criticised by sections of the Spurs support this term, particularly after embarrassing defeats to Colchester United and Bayern Munich, coupled with a number of unconvincing displays from his side which has seen them slip off the pace in the Premier League.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s huge Champions League tie with Crvena Zvezda at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Pochettino said: “No, that is football – I am not surprised.
“The same way, people praise you. If you don’t perform as people expect it’s normal. No, I am not surprised. Football is always about to win today and what happened yesterday is gone.
“We apply this philosophy to us. Managers and coaching staff always need to think that you need to win, today and tomorrow.
“Sometimes we are too much ahead and the people sometimes believe ‘come on gaffer, you are thinking too much, too much’. Yes, I think too much ahead as if I don’t win – then it not surprise me this rumour.”
Spurs have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions. However, when suggested the visit of Crvena Zvezda is a ‘must-win’ match, Pochettino responded: “Every game is important to win – not only tomorrow.
“For us, it is important to understand that tomorrow is a different competition, so it is important to win and be in a good position in the table, of course.
“It will be tough because every single game is tough.
“In this type of period, our worst opponent are ourselves. And of course, we need to compete more with the opponent and with ourselves and try to build our confidence and of course to be solid and perform in the way that we want to perform.”
Tottenham Hotspur v Crvena Zvezda – Head to head:
Tottenham Hotspur won: 1
Crvena Zvezda won: 1
Tottenham Hotspur v Crvena Zvezda – Previous meetings:
November 29, 1972 – UEFA Cup
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crvena Zvezda
December 13, 1972
Crvena Zvezda 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
(Spurs won 2-1 on aggregate)
Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Crvena Zvezda