Pochettino trusts Spurs squad ‘200 per cent’ and won't make January signings

Yahoo Staff Writer
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (Credit: Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he won’t be looking to sign any new personnel in January, despite winning just three of their 11 games across all competitions this season.

When reporters asked if he would be doing any business in the January window, he replied: “No, I don’t believe so. I believe in the players we have.

“I respect opinions. I know people will say we need to change, in or out. But my decision is to stick with the players. They have the quality.”

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Spurs currently sit ninth in the Premier League table, with just 11 points from a possible 24. Their most recent result was a heavy defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion, who put three past last season’s Champions League finalists in a match that the Seagulls dominated.

The defeat at the Amex, along with Bayern Munich’s seven goal fiesta four days before, means Spurs have won just one game out of their last five. That 7-2 loss to Bayern in the Champions League group stage goes down as the worst ever home defeat in the club’s history.

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Pochettino and Lucas Moura (Credit: Getty Images)

There was also the shock defeat that the team suffered in the Carabao Cup in September at the hands of League Two side Colchester, who held them to a draw before knocking them out on penalties.

“I trust 200 per cent in them [the players] and I believe they have the capacity and the potential to win games and turn this type of situation.” Pochettino went on to say.

The Argentine’s side face a winless Watford at home on Saturday, with the Hornets rock bottom of the Premier League. However, they will host Quique Sánchez Flores and his team without goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, who suffered a dislocated arm against Brighton.

With Lloris not expected to return until after the New Year, the club have re-signed Michel Vorm as an emergency back up, but the Dutchman hasn’t played competitively since being released by the club at the end of last season.

"In this type of situation, the most important [thing] is to be all together and show a strong face to the problems and talk a lot,” said Pochettino.

“Our objective is to put Tottenham in the place Tottenham deserve to be. In the last year and a half it has been about praise for Tottenham. It was nice to hear.”

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