Football lacks common sense, says Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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Pochettino frustrated with Martinez discussing Vertonghen injury

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the football business "does not care" about players, and lacks common sense.

Pochettino could be without Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen for six weeks because of a hamstring injury, and is missing several other key players.

Midfielders Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele and right-back Serge Aurier will also miss Saturday's Premier League game against Cardiff.

"Football is massive business and it's not easy," said Pochettino.

"It's dangerous. The football business today does not care about the player - it's all about games, games, games.

"Every day we are pushing the common sense of the football away and it's a problem because it's hard to keep the sense of the football pure."

Because their new stadium is not yet complete, Tottenham will soon face a run of four games in nine days, starting with the visit of champions Manchester to Wembley on 29 October.

"We create the problem," added the Argentine.

However, Pochettino suggested his players must be smarter when it comes to recognising they may be at risk of injury.

The Spurs boss referenced England international Alli, who has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem he initially sustained against Spain last month.

"The first responsibility is always the player's," said Pochettino. "Being honest, I think he felt from the beginning [of the match] a problem but carried on playing.

"Players always push to play because they want to play. For some it looks like 'if I am on the bench it is a dishonour - me, on the bench? I want to play even though I am tired'.

"You expect and hope that all the players learn if they make a mistake. You need to be more critical with yourself."

Spurs unhappy over Martinez injury talk

Jan Vertonghen
Vertonghen has won 110 caps for Belgium

Meanwhile, Pochettino is frustrated Belgium counterpart Roberto Martinez discussed Vertonghen's injury when announcing his latest squad on Friday, saying the player would miss the next two international breaks.

Vertonghen, 31, was injured 15 minutes into Spurs' win at Huddersfield on Saturday, but came off at half-time.

"We'll see. It was not a good injury," said Pochettino. "We'll see if it's six weeks or less. We hope as soon as possible it can be fixed but we cannot guess."

Pochettino said it was the club's responsibility to inform the media about his player's condition.

"Before my press conference you knew about the Vertonghen situation because Roberto told the media in Belgium before us," said the Argentine.

"But in the end it's our player. Our Tottenham employee. We arrived here and we needed to explain.

"It's difficult. They need to call us. If they call us, we are more than open to talk and give our opinion. But if they don't call, our door is always open to receive [a call]."

Pochettino added: "I don't want to create a problem but that is the normal behaviour, that the national team calls you.

"Not that you call and say 'be careful with this player or that player'. It's like you don't want the player to go to the national team."

Spurs lay pitch at new stadium

Tottenham have released the first pictures of the newly laid pitch at the club's new stadium.

The retractable grass pitch will be used for football matches, with an artificial surface beneath for NFL games and other events.

The 62,062-seat stadium was due to open on 15 September for Tottenham's Premier League home game against Liverpool.

However, fans will not be able to attend a game until at least November.


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