• By Charlie Stong at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Pochettino: "We'll see if we have time to build what we want."


Mauricio Pochettino has admitted for the first time he does not know whether he will be given enough time to rebuild his Tottenham team.

Spurs have endured a torrid season so far, taking just 14 points from their opening 12 Premier League game and sitting in 12th position – 11 points off fourth placed Manchester City.

They have not won a league game since the 2-1 victory over Southampton at the end of September and again looked lacklustre in yesterday’s home draw with Sheffield United – a game they could easily have lost such was their opponents’ superior quality on the day.

Pochettino said: “We need to find the balance. We are building a team during the season, while competing in the Champions League and Premier League, the toughest league in the world.

“You expect better results than you get. Of course we are in a process to build and we'll see if we have time to build what we want.”

Spurs took the lead through Heung-Min Son yesterday, a player who has long been Spurs’ saviour.

But the Blades took a deserved point away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, despite having one goal chalked off after VAR adjudged David Lundstram’s big toe to be offside in the build-up.

Many teams would have been disheartened after such a close VAR call went against them, but the Blades, if anything, appeared even more determined, and earned their point through George Baldock’s 78th-minute effort.

On the VAR, Pochettino said: “I have spoken a lot about VAR. For me, the referee must be the person to decide and be the boss on the pitch.

“With the VAR it is difficult to understand for sure. If Chris (Wilder, Sheffield United manager) has complained or not complained like with us at Leicester or at Everton with Sonny.

“The referee can make a mistake, but with VAR it is difficult to accept this type of situation and I empathise with Chris when the decision and the line is so thin.”

Pochettino added: “It was an even game, when you assess the game it was a fair result, they deserved the point. They were the better team in the first half and we were better in the second half.

“I am disappointed because in the moment we broke them down to go lead 1-0 in the second half, not keeping that advantage or scoring the second goal in that moment when we dominated the game.

"We feel so disappointed, I don't know the word to use. Upset or frustrated, but it is not a happy feeling.”

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