Klinsmann backs Pochettino to get it right at Tottenham

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jurgen Klinsmann believes Mauricio Pochettino will turn it around and succeed at White Hart Lane, ESPNhas reported.

Pochettino’s Spurs were booed by their own fans on Sunday as they lost at home to Stoke City, the team’s fifth defeat of the season and fourth home reverse, having lost to Liverpool, Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion and now the Potters.

Tottenham are 12th in the Premier League table after 11 games, picking up 14 points from a possible 33, and Klinsmann was there to see the defeat to Mark Hughes’ Stoke, with his United States side this week due to play Colombia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.

“I wish Mauricio only the best. I think he’s a tremendous, talented coach. He’s shown that already,” Klinsmann said. “He’s got a smart brain, we’ll see over time how things work out. If you want to evaluate the work of a coach then you can only do that over a longer period of time.

“In order for Mauricio to put his stamp on Spurs he needs time, he also needs a couple of transfer windows over time to build the team he has in mind, to put the puzzle together that he envisions,” the ex-Germany international and manager added.

“The team means so much [to the supporters]. No matter where you go you always find Spurs fans,” Klinsmann continued. “If a game doesn’t go well then it’s normal that the crowd has every right to be a bit pessimistic. I actually thought the crowd tried to give positive energy to give them a push [against Stoke]. The 2-1 came and I had the feel that the equaliser would be right there.”

Pochettino was appointed when Tim Sherwood was sacked at the end of the last season, the Argentine having spent 18 months at Southampton. The Saints finished eighth under Pochettino, 13 points behind Sherwood’s sixth-place Spurs.

Klinsmann was also asked about the chance of him sitting in the Tottenham dugout in the future, and replied there is no way of predicting what might happen one day. “I don’t know. Right now I see me hopefully doing a good job [for the United States],” he said.

“I never imagined when I was a player that I would become a coach. So you never know what happens tomorrow and in life. I keep that open-mindedness with me, that was part of my career, and see where life takes us.”

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