The Tottenham Hotspur manager has been linked with the manager's job at Madrid.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke to reporters during his post-mach press conference following his side's bitterly disappointing defeat to West Ham in the Carabao Cup, and highlighted the difficulty of the competition in the English game as a potential reason for their slip-up, as quoted by Football.London.
The Hammers came back from two goals down at Wembley, and eventually ran out 3-2 winners against Tottenham, with Pochettino cutting a glum figure on the touchline.
The Lilywhites have played some incredibly hard games recently, and exerted themselves to the maximum away at Real Madrid in the Champions League and then at home to Liverpool on Sunday in the Premier League.
And Pochettino drew attention to the fact that Madrid are due to play tonight and make 11 changes, whilst his team faced a fiercely contested London Derby, when speaking to reporters, as quoted by Football.London:
"I think we spent a lot of energy in the last two games against Liverpool and Real Madrid. It's so difficult to keep that type of level. We were talking before that Real Madrid are going to play against Fuenlabrada and play with 11 different players, no? But here you are going to play a derby against West Ham who are not involved in European competition."
The Argentine has been linked with the manager's job at the Bernabeu on numerous occasions, so his comments regarding the easier level of competition in Spain could be taken as good news for Spurs fans who are worried about his future at the club.
Whilst he would have all the riches and the best players in the world in the Spanish capital, the level of competition in general is considerably weaker than it is in England, and sometimes there can be no substitute for that.