Champions League: Tottenham still not a top European team, says boss

Dec 06, 2017, 11:29 IST | AFP

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says his struggling side can thrive on criticism over their patchy form, admitting the team have not yet learned the winning habit of teams such as Real Madrid. Spurs had laboured to a 1-1 draw at Watford on Saturda

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says his struggling side can thrive on criticism over their patchy form, admitting the team have not yet learned the winning habit of teams such as Real Madrid. Spurs had laboured to a 1-1 draw at Watford on Saturday, their fourth Premier League match in a row without a victory, and will host APOEL Nicosia in their final Champions League group game tonight. But despite their domestic struggles, Pochettino remains adamant Spurs will emerge stronger. "We want to avoid bad periods but we are not still this type of team like Barcelona, Real Madrid that can maybe keep winning for long periods. We're completely different, we're not in the last stage (of our development). So we need to use these experiences to improve, to learn, to get more experience."

Pochettino
Pochettino

In contrast to their struggles in EPL, Spurs have topped their Champions League group, finishing ahead of European Champions Real Madrid. "When people criticise us, that always makes you stronger, and sometimes that's good. We have maybe three points less than this time last season, and we've finished top of our Champions League group."

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