Mauricio Pochettino says managing Tottenham is just like hit TV drama House of Cards

MAURICIO POCHETTINO says life at Tottenham is like TV’s House Of Cards.

The North Londoners’ HQ — located next door to their new £850million stadium — is called Lilywhite House.

 Mauricio Pochettino has compared the dramas at Spurs this season with his TV show House of Cards

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Mauricio Pochettino has compared the dramas at Spurs this season with his TV show House of Cards

But they might want to change it to the White House after boss Poch compared the club to the hit US political drama, set in Washington DC.

Spurs’ season has certainly had as many twists and turns. From the heartache caused by their failure to make a single signing in the transfer window to the love interest in their manager from Real Madrid.

Pochettino has also had to deal with his captain Hugo Lloris’ drink-drive scandal, an injury crisis and below-par performances from his team.

His love story with Madrid may now be over for the time being but the plot of their stadium shambles and the mystery of when it will finally open rolls on.

 There is a whole world of drama and suspense in hit US drama House of Cards

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There is a whole world of drama and suspense in hit US drama House of Cards

And they could see the final credits roll on their Champions League campaign if they fail to beat PSV tonight at Wembley.

No wonder Pochettino admitted yesterday it feels like it has been one problem after another at Tottenham this term.

The Argentine boss said: “Yes, yes, it’s been a weird season. But I look so happy now because I start again the new season of House of Cards.

“I watched three episodes yesterday. I learn a lot from this series. I recommend it.”

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Asked how it compares to Spurs, he said: “It’s similar, eh!

“I think it represents very well sometimes how we are. Sometimes football is so political and it’s going in this direction.”

Pochettino showed all the skills of a congressman or senator as he was inevitably asked which character in the series he was most like.

He said: “Who? I don’t know. It’s difficult, eh, to say because . . . it’s dangerous to say this or this one. It’s fiction but you can translate it in many businesses — the things that happen.”

It is probably just as well he did not answer that question as the lead role was played by Kevin Spacey . . . before he was fired over allegations of sexual abuse.

Pochettino will also have to rely on understudies against the Dutch tonight with six of his stars ruled out.

 It could be a more youthful Spurs side that take on PSV - but Harry Kane should still be leading the line

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It could be a more youthful Spurs side that take on PSV – but Harry Kane should still be leading the line

Keeper Lloris is suspended after being sent off in last month’s 2-2 draw in Eindhoven.

Mousa Dembele damaged an ankle in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Wolves and joins fellow midfielders Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier on the injury list alongside defenders Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen.

UEFA gave the Wembley pitch the green light last night following an inspection.

The hallowed turf looked dreadful when Manchester City won 1-0 there last week following three successive weekends of NFL games.

Pochettino said: “I think it has improved a little bit. They are working so hard to improve it.

“I’ve seen a few pictures. It looks better.

“But the condition will be the same for both teams so we cannot complain.”

Tottenham have just one point from their opening three Group B games and need a win to keep alive slim hopes of reaching the knockout phase — compounding the misery of the indefinite delay in the opening of their new stadium.

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 Tottenham must really beat PSV to keep their Champions League hopes alive

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Tottenham must really beat PSV to keep their Champions League hopes alive

The club and chairman Daniel Levy have been left even more embarrassed by a pre-planned poster campaign which takes a swipe at rivals Arsenal and Chelsea by hailing their new stadium as the only place to watch Champions League football in London.

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Pochettino admitted: “We are all disappointed we’re not playing Champions League in the new stadium.

“There was a lot of possibility about playing there but it wasn’t in our hands to deliver it. It was complicated because of many things we couldn’t manage.

“When you build a house or an extension it’s always difficult to say when it will be finished.

“We’ve had problems and it’s been delayed, delayed, delayed.

“We feel sorry and painful for our fans but for us, too.

“Every day that goes on it’s more expensive for the club but the person who is most worried and feels most sorry for not delivering on time is the chairman. It’s very painful for him.

“All we can do is help by winning games.

“If we can win against PSV and have the possibility of going to the next stage maybe we can play in March in the Champions League in the new stadium.”

MAURICIO POCHETTINO says life at Tottenham is like TV’s House Of Cards.