Mauricio Pochettino fears sack at Tottenham but still pays no attention to critics
The 2019 Champions League finalists have endured a torrid first two months of the new season.
Only three wins have been achieved across all competitions from 12 games.
Carabao Cup embarrassment was suffered at League Two Colchester last month before Bayern Munich humiliated Spurs in north London beating them 7-2 in the Champions League.
Tottenham finished last season by losing seven of their final 12 league games, and three defeats from nine this term have hardly helped matters.
A tough run lies ahead for Spurs too as they go to league leaders Liverpool next on Sunday (4.30pm) before returning to Merseyside exactly a week later to face Everton.
Tottenham then host newly promoted Sheffield United, who have the league’s joint-best defence, prior to the November international break, and Spurs will return to action with a London derby away to West Ham later in the month.
Ahead of the European contest, Pochettino confessed: “If we don’t improve our performances and results, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same in football.
“I understand the business, I am 47.
“Why do you think I don’t have white hair? Because I don’t pay attention to any of this.
“I only pay attention to the fact that we need to improve our performances.”
Finding himself to now be in the firing line in north London, he added: “That is football.
“It is the same as when people praise you when you do well.
“If you don’t perform as people expect, it’s normal. Football is always about winning today. What happened is gone.
“Managers and coaches always need to win, today and tomorrow. Sometimes we think too far ahead.
“People sometimes say ‘Come on gaffer you are thinking too much’. But we need to think about today.”
Tottenham’s hope of qualifying for the knockout stages will take a huge blow if they lose this evening, as Red Star Belgrade would move up to six points, leaving Spurs in third on just one from three games.
Elsewhere, bottom of the group Olympiakos, who also have one point so far, take on table toppers Bayern Munich, who have won two from two.