Spurs outcast breaks silence on Pochettino treatment

Date published: Tuesday 2nd October 2018 10:30

Fernando Llorente holds nothing against Mauricio Pochettino his lack of Tottenham opportunities.

Llorente joined Tottenham in summer 2017, but struggled for game time in north London.

The Spaniard scored five goals in 30 matches, playing second fiddle behind Harry Kane for much of the season.

His second campaign has started much the same, not starting any of Tottenham’s nine games, and being given 29 minutes across two substitute appearances.

He admits he is finding it difficult to adjust to the role.

“For a large part of my career I have had continuity and confidence, but now I have to get used to this new reality,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“It is not easy. It is a daily struggle with yourself because it is hard to accept the situation you live in. When you’re left on the sidelines or you are not called upon it is frustrating.

“But I try to continue training every day with maximum [energy] for when my opportunity comes.”

The striker then added that downing tools – “lowering my arms”, in his words – “is not an option”, before being asked whether he’d sign for Tottenham again in the same situation.

“It’s not something I think about. The decisions we make in life are irrevocable and I will never look back with regret.”

On whether he bears any grudges against manager Pochettino, Llorente said: “I try to put myself in his skin. He has a complicated task because we are many and we all want to play.

“It should not be easy to leave out players who are training well.

“In my case, I am also aware that I am in one of the great teams in Europe, with a lot of competition in attack with Kane, who is a phenomenal footballer, and that makes it difficult to play with regularity.”


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