Pochettino would go ‘without problems’

Mauricio Pochettino has reflected that he is ready to step aside at Espanyol if it is required, but that: “I have confidence in my players and they in me.”

Los Periquitos are under pressure for their poor start to the season, which has seen them collect just a single point from five rounds of action.

Coupled with the poor run of form to have finished last season with, Espanyol are a team in worse form than any other in La Liga across the entirety of the 2012 calendar year.

It is a situation that Pochettino outlined today he is continuing to work at, but is prepared to remedy with his departure, if the directors saw fit.

“If the club has issues with my role or my way of doing things then it is not going to be a problem, it can be solved in two minutes, beyond any contract that has been signed,” responded the Coach when being asked today if he felt pressure from the club’s hierarchy.

“When the results do not come, the first one to be questioned is the Coach and I assume responsibility. But, it is a matter of time and I have confidence in my players and they in me. I say this with conviction and from the heart.

“Right now we have to be strong and keep a cool head. It is in difficult situations when we see what people are, because everyone is prepared to accept a compliment and all the good things. This is a challenge, not everyone may be prepared, but I am.”

The Coach reiterated that he sees progress on the training pitch.

“It has been weeks living with frustration after frustration and without power. But, we must stay positive, we cannot only think that we have to win, we have to work, so that the result will be closer to us.

“The team is showing signs of having a plan and have played according to the proposal to play daring football, with personality and character.

“What we achieve needs to be a balance between defence and attack and not a change in this model.”

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