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Mousa Dembele ‘one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football’, hails Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Tottenham midfielder as ‘one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football’. The Belgium international has been in fine form for Spurs in recent weeks and bowled over fans, pundits and the press with two commanding displays against Arsenaland Juventus. READ MORE: Do these statistics prove Mousa Dembele is better than Paul Pogba? Last year, Pochettino named Dembele among the five best players he had even seen on a football field. And the Spurs boss was quick to point out he was right all along, following…

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claims over-analysing decisions is bad for football

Mauricio Pochettino has warned that intense scrutiny of decisions in football could eventually “kill” the sport. The Tottenham manager saw his side draw 2-2 at Liverpool on Sunday in a match riddled with contentious calls from referee Jon Moss. Spurs were awarded two penalties which have been the source of fierce debate in the past two days, and Dele Alli was also booked for diving. While Pochettino felt all three calls were correct, Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was left fuming as his side were pegged back in stoppage time when…

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'Every conversation, action, my life, my passion' – why football consumes Pochettino

Listen to Nihal Arthanayake’s interview with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on BBC Radio 5 live on Friday, 2 February from 19:00 GMT, and watch on Football Focus on BBC One on Saturday, 3 February from 12:00 GMT “My life is 24 hours talking about football. For me it is every conversation, every action. It is my life, my passion.” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is one of the most highly rated managers in world football. In three and a half years in charge, the Argentine has led Spurs to fifth, third…

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Newport 1-1 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino says his team lacked motivation as Spurs survive FA Cup scare

Mauricio Pochettino criticised the desire of his Tottenham players after Harry Kane had kept them in the FA Cup with a late leveller at Newport. Kane struck eight minutes from time – his 30th goal of the season – to spare Spurs blushes in a 1-1 draw and secure a fourth round replay at Wembley against their lowly opponents. Padraig Amond had headed Newport into a 38th-minute lead and the Sky Bet League Two side looked like claiming one of the FA Cup’s greatest-ever upsets until Kane tapped home from…

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Mauricio Pochettino refuses to use illness as an excuse for Southampton draw

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham’s players were hit by a virus last week but insisted that was no excuse for their sloppy display against Southampton. Christian Eriksen was a surprise absentee from the Spurs squad as he and Hugo Lloris were both struck down by illness and unable to travel to the south coast. Harry Kane cancelled out Davinson Sanchez’s own-goal but a below-par Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw and missed the chance to move into the Premier League’s top four. They will fall five points behind Liverpool if…

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We need to be clever about the way we manage Harry Kane, says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Tottenham cannot force Harry Kane to stay at the club. Kane has always maintained he is happy at Spurs but Pochettino says Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona shows there can be no room for complacency. Tottenham’s star striker underlined his value again on Sunday by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon as Pochettino’s side eased into the FA Cup fourth round. Jan Vertonghen’s first club goal since October 2013, a sensational 30-yard strike, added some gloss late on at Wembley. But,…

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