September 24, 2021
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first_img“I want to be there in the front line fighting with all the circumstances that, today, are in the club,” he added. “I feel the responsibility to be there and that is why I am here. And then because I am happy and I think Tottenham gave us a lot of things that always we will be grateful for and it was a moment to say ‘we are going to be with you all, fighting in the circumstances’ because we knew what was going to happen.“I feel the responsibility to be here. That’s why I am here but also because I am happy. Tottenham gave us a lot of things – my family, Jesus [Perez, his assistant], everyone – when we arrived here four years ago. We will always be grateful. It was a moment to say that I will be with you all fighting. We knew what was going to happen.” Pochettino is at Spurs for the long haul “I feel like it is a big challenge for us,” Pochettino said. “I love the challenge and I know the challenge. The club, the fans, and the team need our full energy more than before.Asked if events off the field make this season particularly difficult, he said yes.“For everything, for me it will be the toughest season and I think if we want success we have to give more than our best. It’s not enough to give 100 per cent, it’s 200 per cent. We know from inside that it will be hard, the season, and because we are warriors we want to fight.“We want to be proud at the end, we want success and we do not want to complain or make excuses. I am a winner and I love the challenge, so that is why I feel full energy. We want to go again.”Pochettino’s commitment to Spurs was reaffirmed in the summer when he signed a new five-year contract and he insists he has no regrets about remaining, having been linked with Real Madrid.“I am very grateful to the club, to the fans and to [chairman] Daniel Levy. When you are in a difficult situation, this is the moment when you need to show that you are there. It is easy when everything is good to be there, but when the winter is coming it’s easy to run away.”If that sounds like a line from Game of Thrones then it’s because he loves the show and Spurs fans have certainly proclaimed him their ‘King in the North (London)’. Their backs may be against wall, but they are ‘warriors’ at Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino is ready for their ‘toughest season’.Spurs failed to strengthen their squad in the summer and face further delays before moving into their new stadium, but the manager is relishing what the new campaign has in store. 2 2 Pochettino is popular with Spurs’ fans last_img