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Premier League: My club not on same level with Barcelona, Real Madrid – Tottenham manager, Pochettino

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Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino has told the club critics that the England club is not on the same level as Spanish clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday means they have failed to win any of their last four Premier League games and now trail league leaders, Manchester City by 18 points.

“I don’t know what people say [about us], but of course when you don’t win and you play for or manage Spurs there’s always going to be criticism,” said Pochettino.

“But of course I accept that, I try to learn after every game, but I think in the last two or three seasons Spurs have been very competitive.

“Yes, of course we want to avoid bad moments and periods but we are not still this type of team like Barcelona, Real Madrid that can maybe keep winning and winning for long periods.

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“When people criticise us, my staff and my team, that always makes you stronger, and sometimes that’s good.

“We have maybe three points less than this time last season, and we’ve finished top of our Champions League group.

“Manchester City have created a gap, but I’m sure the team will improve and take many lessons from this run.”

Pochettino’s side have impressed in the Champions League, despite frustrating league form, qualifying top of Group H ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund with one game remaining.

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