Marcelo Bielsa's Pre Luton Press Conference

21 Nov 2019 02:17pm, by 1964white

Marcelo Bielsa and Pablo Hernandez sat down with the press ahead of Saturdays game against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Here is what they had to say...

Injury Updates Ahead of Luton Game
Cooper has a chance of being available. Dallas is fine after international duty. No Nketiah but he should be back in full training next week. Jamie Shackleton is also close but has been out for a while so probably needs more time. Forshaw still out and there's no exact timescale on his return yet.

Pablo Hernandez's New Contract
The extension is deserved. He had a lot of impact in the team. All of the supporters recognise that and everybody values him. If tomorrow Pablo had to play in the Premier League, I think he can do it without problem.

Hernandez's fitness and performance levels at his age are rare - and that he's always at the same level of the younger players in the squad. When he hits the point where time catches up on him, Hernandez will be the first to admit it.

Mauricio Pochettino's Sacking
The work Pochettino's done is brilliant. He put Tottenham at a high level. This for any manager is a very important achievement. For him it's more important because the team that played the Champions League final was one he built carefully. Big teams in the world will try to take him. He's a manager who for sure will lead one of the best teams in the world. He made Tottenham one of the most important teams in the world. I like and respect Mauricio a lot. When something that's not got happens to him, I can't ignore this. The effect of this situation is that I feel sad. But within 15 days he'll be at the top again.

Bielsa says he isn't aware if Poch's dismissal will change Spurs' attitude towards Jack Clarke's loan at Leeds./imgf

Izzy Brown's good form at Luton
I'm happy about that. He was with us and he had very good behaviour here. He's showing a level he didn't show with us. I consider this a mistake of mine. At Luton he is able to compete to play matches. We couldn't give him this. If we'd had him for another year, maybe we could have got another version of him. At Luton he arrived healthy and recovered. We needed six months where he couldn't work properly. But don't take credit away from him or the people who are with him now.

Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez also spoke about his new contract...
I wanted to stay here, the club wanted me to stay here. I'm very happy. Now I can focus on the pitch and help the team to get to the targe. Normally for me it (a contract) doesn't matter but at this age, you know at the end of the season that your contract is expiring. For the confidence, this is good.
Hernandez on playing in the Premier League...
I know it's difficult but I played in it before and in the Spanish league. If we play there, I feel very good and I feel young. I'm ready.