EPL: Jose Mourinho has earned the right to criticise players, says Mauricio Pochettino

Updated: Dec 11, 2016, 11:41 IST | PA Sport |

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Jose Mourinho has earned the right to criticise his players publicly because of the number of trophies he has won

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino
Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino

London: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Jose Mourinho has earned the right to criticise his players publicly because of the number of trophies he has won.

The pair go head to head on Sunday when Spurs take on Manchester United at Old Trafford where, if they win, Pochettino's men will move nine points clear of their opponents.

"You cannot compare Mourinho with me. Mourinho is on the top. I am behind," Pochettino said. "He is in a different moment in his career. Maybe I hope one day to win the same titles as him. Maybe I will start to criticise the players in that moment.

"It's too difficult to compare. It's not good to compare. I don't think he'll be happy if you compare him with me. I am younger than him."

Pochettino has overseen only one victory in 10 games against Mourinho, with their history beginning in Spain when Pochettino managed Espanyol and Mourinho was in charge at Real Madrid for three.

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