Tottenham Hotspur media round-up: Pochettino wary of watching his reputation crumble

A round up of news stories this morning related to Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been quoted by the Daily Telegraph suggesting the next two games will decide his reputation.

The Spurs boss feels the away game against Fiorentina in the Europa League and the League Cup final showdown against Chelsea are two massive games for him personally.

“If against Fiorentina we rotate and on Sunday we win, you are a genius. But if we lose tomorrow and the final, you are a bad manager and coach,” said Pochettino.

Tottenham have a great chance to head into the rest of the season with positive momentum behind them.

Erik Lamela has confirmed that he never had an offer on the table from Tottenham’s Europa League opponents later today Fiorentina, with quotes carried by FIF.

Lamela was linked with a return to Serie A during the January transfer window, but he was unsurprisingly retained by Tottenham.

He’s become an important part of Mauricio Pochettino’s attack so far this season.

“Fiorentina offer in the past? I heard the rumours, but there was never a possibility of me returning to Italy to play for Fiorentina,” he said.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he’s ready for the possibility of a penalty shoot-out against Tottenham, as reported by the Daily Star.

The League Cup final this weekend could go to spot kicks if Tottenham and Chelsea cancel each other out over the course of 90 minutes.

However, he confirmed that he’s never been involved in a competitive shoot-out in his career.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a shoot-out. No, just one time for a friendly tournament with Atletico,” he said.

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