Pochettino 'confirms' his true feelings about the Europa League

The Tottenham Hotspur boss has been discussing the famous 'E' and 'L' words.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has 'confirmed' what he thinks about the Europa League, according to the London Evening Standard.

Indeed, according to the Argentine, it is a tough competition that, without a doubt, affects your domestic form and takes 'a lot of energy.'

And, from the Spurs boss's comments, you get the sense he would not be devastated were the north London side to miss out on participating in the competition next season.

Pochettino referenced Liverpool and Manchester United as examples of improved form as a result of the absence of European competition. That, the Tottenham coach says, is crucial in terms of the hunt for the top four.

He told reporters: “You spend a lot of energy when you play in the Europa League but you never know.

“It is true the experience of last season with Liverpool and now with Man United I think that is a clear example that maybe you will have the opportunity to stay closer to reach the top four if you only have focus on the Premier League and the cups.

“The Europa League is not an easy competition. It is a very tough competition because it affects your domestic league and I confirm - because it always was my opinion at Southampton because you ask a lot - it is very difficult to manage the Europa League and Premier League and both cups."

It would appear, then, that Tottenham are finally moving away from their obsession with the Europa, with Andre Villas-Boas, Tim Sherwood and, this season, Pochettino constantly affording it maximum respect.

Harry Redknapp was famous for his dislike of the competition and, from the sounds of it, Spurs' current boss is moving rather extremely towards that viewpoint. As he says, though, this is nothing new - as he spoke similar words during his time at Southampton. But you get the sense there is a definite regret about how often Tottenham had to play in Europe this season, considering their recent performance levels in the league.

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