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Pochettino embraces job of lifting sorry Tottenham

No strain: Spurs talisman Harry Kane looks relaxed in training yesterday PICTURE: GETTY

MAURICIO POCHETTINO insists he wants to take Tottenham to the next level.

Pochettino has found himself under pressure after a difficult start to the season, which hit new depths on Tuesday when they lost at League Two club Colchester in the Carabao Cup.

The Argentinian has transformed Spurs into regular top-four Premier League finishers and memorably led them to the Champions League final last term having not signed a player for two transfer windows. But making the jump to the next step and joining Manchester City and Liverpool looks a huge task.

But ahead of tomorrow’s game with Southampton, the Spurs boss said: ‘I believe yes and I hope yes. If not you are going to see quickly. It’s hard.

‘We are looking at different clubs that are in a different way to us. How tough it is to be in the last stage — it is difficult.

‘It’s not only to be in the last stage, maybe you can appear there in some period, the most difficult thing is to keep this performance and be consistent.’

If Pochettino is under pressure, then it does not appear to be from chairman Daniel Levy after they went to Milan this week for the Fifa Best football awards.

Pochettino insists all is well between the two and added: ‘It was a very nice time to spend together and talk about many things. If we are not in a good way, we don’t have a good relationship to spend a day together.’