Between The Lines: Tottenham’s off-field issues may force sulking Pochettino to Madrid

According to BBC Sport, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said that this was the worst he had felt during his time at Spurs, despite guiding the club to their best ever Premier League start.

What did he say?

“The season so far, it’s strange because my feeling is the worst I’ve had in the five years that I’ve been here, but it’s the best start ever for the club in the Premier League. It’s strange, no?

“It’s so difficult to explain because many things happen, I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season.”

What did he really mean?

Spurs have picked up 21 points from their opening nine games in the league this season and sit in fifth place in the table, but there have been a number of off-field issues that are starting to affect the Argentine boss.

The proposed new stadium was supposed to be open already, but instead the club are now having to play the day after an NFL game at Wembley. With no new signings in the summer and some important players on the injury list, things could also start to get difficult on the pitch for Spurs, especially with a loss to Manchester City.

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Madrid calling?

After their 5-1 loss to Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday, it would be no surprise to see Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui sacked by the end of the week.

It would also be no surprise if Los Blancos were to then target Pochettino. Whilst the Tottenham boss may have turned them down before, with the current problems off the pitch at Spurs he may now be more inclined to jump ship for what is surely one of the most sought-after jobs in world football.