Mauricio Pochettino has said he does not “understand the problem” with comments made by Gary Neville about Tottenham.
Following Spurs’ defeat to Manchester City last week, Neville praised Pochettino for transforming the Londoners from the “spineless” team they used to be into a side challenging towards the top of the Premier League.
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp took umbrage with Neville, defending his record at White Hart Lane by pointing towards his team’s impressive Champions League campaign in 2010/11.
After Saturday’s narrow victory at Wolves, Pochettino was asked about Neville’s comments.
“I don’t understand the problem that happens with some comments,” said the Argentinian (via the Mirror).
“When some people make some comments you have to respect the comments. When people criticise me I accept the criticism.
“But yes, I am so happy right from the beginning. Since I arrived here we created a very good culture about fight and altogether the belief.
“It was difficult to create that but I am so happy. It is a team that is always going to give the faith in each game. We can win or we can lose but we are so intense and today the effort was fantastic.”
Spurs were forced to show some grit in the final 20 minutes against Wolves after conceding two penalties and almost surrendering a comfortable three-goal lead.
Juan Foyth gave away both spot-kicks but Pochettino appeared to blame Kieran Trippier for Tottenham’s mini-meltdown.
It was the kind of game Spurs may have thrown away in previous years but they appear to be made of sterner stuff these days.
That said, it’s worth pointing out Pochettino’s men have thrown away leads against Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League this season, and Watford in the Premier League.