Pochettino refuses to blame player’s uncertain futures for inconsistent start

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Mauricio Pochettino says the uncertainty surrounding the futures of members of his Tottenham squad is not a reason for his side’s inconsistent start to the season.
Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen appeared certain to leave north London during the transfer window, while Jan Vertonghen did not feature in Tottenham’s opening three games of the season.
Last season’s Champions League finalists ended a three-match winless run by beating Southampton with 10 men after Serge Aurier’s sending off in the Premier League at the weekend.

However, speaking ahead of Spurs’ second Champions League game of the season against Bayern Munich, his manager Pochettino insisted that the unsettled futures of players in Tottenham’s squad cannot constitute a legitimate reason for the outcome of their games.

“When the transfer window closed I was clear that the players have a commitment to give their best,” the Spurs boss explained.

“I didn’t talk after that to say we had different injuries or that we were effected after Colchester because the team was not thinking.

“It wasn’t the best start, it is now my sixth season here and it is always the same, different things happen in summer.

“There is no doubt the players are very committed, with a one-year contract or a five-year contract.

“That is not a point to discuss and that is not a reason for the team to have good or bad results.”

(Sky Sports)

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