Pundit talks Poch’s Man Utd ‘back-up plan’; makes Liverpool v Spurs prediction

Date published: Friday 25th October 2019 12:22

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Charlie Nicholas thinks Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is acting like he has a “back-up plan in the form of Manchester United or Real Madrid”.

Pochettino’s position has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after a shocking start to the campaign, where they won just three of their opening 12 games.

Spurs have been accused of going stale, with some of the obituaries for this group of players already written, but they went some way to putting that right on Tuesday with a 5-0 demolition of Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

They now face in-form Liverpool, who are currently six points ahead of second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League standings, and former Arsenal player Nicholas is backing Jurgen Klopp’s men to beat them 3-0 at Anfield.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: “This is a cracking game. Tottenham bounced back in the Champions League, getting a lot of anger out of their system. The way he keeps talking it is as if Mauricio Pochettino has a back-up plan in the form of Manchester United or Real Madrid, who supposedly want him.

“He knows he gets on with the owner. The players want to take him for dinner too, it could be a drive-through! Toby Alderweireld was rested, so where does that leave him? They now go on to Liverpool. Does he not play because he is running his current contract down?

“Tottenham managed to salvage a point against Watford and could have some confidence going into Anfield after their win through the week. Although, I do not see past a Liverpool win and they will continue to roll along with Mohamed Salah back in the side, who scored in the week against Genk.”

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