Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has questioned whether Mauricio Pochettino's message is getting through.
Pochettino is being attacked from different angles after inconsistency and poor performances from Spurs through recent weeks and the striker believes the problem is communication between the boss and his players.
Adebayor has even suggested that if every player could ‘get’ what Pochettino was trying to achieve at Spurs, the side would be capable of winning the Champions League.
“Obviously all managers bring their own philosophies, the way they see football, the way they see games and everything,” said the forward.
“He’s a good manager and we just have to find a way so that we can try to understand what he wants to tell us and how he wants us to play and put that on the pitch.”
“If every player could do what the manager wants then we would win the Champions League.”
“But at the moment we are not getting the message. To me, he is a good manager and a good man – we just have to get what he is telling us.”
Pochettino was successful at Southampton last season with a very specific brand of football and there have been elements of that coming across at Tottenham over the first 11 games of the season.
However, the manager can only do so much and Pochettino is extremely professional with the way he goes about getting his players ready for important matches in the Premier League and in Europe.
When the game plan and Pochettino’s message doesn’t work, part of the responsibility falls onto Tottenham’s players to improvise and sort situations out themselves during games.
Adebayor, and any other Tottenham star, can’t rely on Pochettino all the time and it’s too easy to point towards the time taken to implement his methods and thinking as an excuse for the recent inconsistency.