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Pochettino: Blame me if Spurs dumped out of Cup

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he'll accept any blame if they're dumped out of the Capital One Cup.

Spurs meet Newcastle United tonight.

"For me, it was a lack of respect for my players," Pochettino said, when asked about being criticised for making changes.

"I always defend my players. If we have players in the squad, it is because we believe in them. If not, why are the players in the squad?

"But always when you lose, people take something to criticise you. For me, it's a lack of respect, not for me but for the players who played in the game.

"If you read the starting 11 maybe you will realise the criticism is not for the starting 11, for the players I put on the pitch, it's because we didn't score. I accept the criticism, but I can't accept criticism for the players."

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