A selection of the latest stores involving Tottenham Hotspur this Wednesday evening.
Pochettino said it is a sign of a lack of respect when his players are criticised, but he will take the blame for them if his side loses.
He's quoted in the London Evening Standard, saying: "I always defend my players. If we have players in the squad, it is because we believe in them. If not, why are the players in the squad?
"But always when you lose, people take something to criticise you. For me, it's a lack of respect, not for me but for the players who played in the game.
"I accept the criticism, but I can't accept criticism for the players."
Wembley is firmly in the sights of Harry Kane, and he told the Tottenham website it is the aim of the club but realises that Newcastle will be a stern test, having already won at White Hart Lane in the Premier League this season.
He said: “I think we’ve made it clear that we want to do well in the cups. We want to win this game and get into the semis. Wembley isn’t too far away and that’s where we’re aiming to get.”
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked with a lucrative move away from the club, with two sides in Qatar said to be interested in the forward, with the London Evening Standard reporting that El Jaish Sports Club and Lekhwiya Sports Club are both interested.
Adebayor has recently returned to training at Tottenham after compassionate leave, and won't be involved in tonight's League Cup tie.