Fernando Llorente opens up about his Tottenham problems

Fernando Llorente talks to Mundo Deportivo

Prior to Barcelona’s match against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday night in the Champions League, Mundo Deportivo have interviewed Fernando Llorente.

Will Llorente get on the pitch against Barcelona?

That’s doubtful as Llorente has barely been used this season at Spurs.

So far this Premier League season, Llorente has only played nine minutes of football in the 2-1 defeat at Watford.


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‘Life’s not easy at Tottenham’

Mundo Deportivo pressed Llorente about what his life is like at Tottenham right now. The Spanish striker replied:

For a large part of my career I have had continuity and confidence (thanks to playing regularly), but now I have to get used to this new reality.

It is not easy. It is a daily struggle with yourself because it is hard to accept the situation you live in. When you’re left on the sidelines or you are not called upon it is frustrating. 

But I try to continue training every day with maximum (energy) for when my opportunity comes. Lowering my arms (i.e downing tools) is not an option.

Llorente was asked, with the benefit of hindsight, whether he’d re-sign for Tottenham if he had to make that decision again. The striker answered:

It’s not something I think about. The decisions we make in life are irrevocable and I will never look back with regret. 

MD quizzed Llorente on whether he’s been disappointed with Mauricio Pochettino’s man-management of his situation. The forward said:

I try to put myself in his skin. He has a complicated task because we are many and we all want to play. 

It should not be easy to leave out players who are training well. 

In my case, I am also aware that I am in one of the great teams in Europe, with a lot of competition in attack with (Harry) Kane, who is a phenomenal footballer, and that makes it difficult to play with regularity.

Also see: Barcelona set for a major tactical formation change vs Tottenham.

Man United’s managerial options: Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea’s ex or Zinedine Zidane.