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Pochettino “cannot fix” some problems within unsettled Spurs squad

By Ben Green

Published: 14:52, 26 August 2019

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that his current Tottenham squad is the most “unsettled” he has ever worked with.

The Lilywhites suffered an unexpected 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday after dominating the match but failing to breach Martin Dubravka’s net.

Why are Spurs unsettled? Five things to know…

  • Throughout the summer key players have been linked with moves away (Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld & Danny Rose).
  • Eriksen has been most heavily linked to a transfer and he could yet leave before the close of the European window.
  • The European window closes on September 2 and Pochettino has already hit out at the PL for the domestic window closing early.
  • With uncertainty still surrounding the future of Eriksen, Pochettino has started the Dane just once this season.
  • He has now admitted that he is currently working with “the most unsettled group” of his Spurs tenure.

Defeat has already handed title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool a massive boost with just three games played in the new campaign, and led to further question marks over Christian Eriksen’s future.

The Denmark international was once again left on the bench for the match at the weekend, and Pochettino has now claimed that there are certain problems he “cannot fix” within his self-professed unsettled squad.

In a press conference after the match, he said: “I think this is my sixth season and the most unsettled group we are working with.

“Some situations we cannot fix. Nothing to say about that, situations that are going on in the squad. Still we need to wait. I cannot find excuses because the transfer window is open.

“It doesn’t justify that performance today or the result. But we have an unsettled group for different reasons and different personal circumstances.

“Of course, I am going to be happier in 10 days after Arsenal when the transfer window is closed and we know we have the players until it opens again in January.”

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Pochettino addresses Eriksen rumours

Not for the first time this season Pochettino opted to leave Eriksen out of his starting XI, but when asked whether his decision was based on recent transfer speculation, the Argentine batted away any such claims.

Quizzed on whether he omitted Eriksen from his playing squad due to off-field circumstances, Pochettino said: “No, I cannot pick more than 11 players.

“A decision like that when you have plenty of players, but I understand a question like that. Should the result be 3-0 or 4-0 you’re not going to ask me that question but of course I accept it.

“The players who are out are always good when you don’t win.”