Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed those close to him questioned his selection against Real Madrid before labelling him a "genius".
Spurs held Madrid to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 matches.
But some had their doubts over whether that would be possible after seeing the XI named by Pochettino.
"It was amazing because some people very close to us said, 'Can we be honest with you?' I said, 'Yes'. They said, 'When we saw the starting XI… what the f***? What happened? What is going on in his mind?'" Pochettino told UK newspapers.
"And then after 10 minutes at the end of the game, they say, 'Oh, you are a genius'. I say, 'OK, thank you'.
"It's too difficult to explain what we want in every single game to try to find. It's not easy to explain to you or to relate to the fans. It's about trust.
"It's about to feel that the manager and the coaching staff when deciding the starting XI or the way to play is always to try to win."
The result in the Spanish capital continued Tottenham's fine start to the season, with Spurs third in the Premier League ahead of hosting Liverpool on Sunday.
Pochettino accepted questions over his selection, and tactics, were part of the job.
"Everyone waits to see the shape or the system or the starting XI, and everyone disagrees. It is difficult to be in complete agreement with the manager," the Argentinian said.
"It not only happens in Tottenham. It happens around the world. But that is very good if we can do the job."
|Cheika fumes as England claim controversial win over Wallabies|
|Thumb injury ends Coleman´s tour|
|Leganes 0 Barcelona 3: Scruffy Suarez double ends goal drought|
|Amos try the difference as Wales labour to Georgia win|
|Crystal Palace 2 Everton 2: Niasse equaliser boosts Unsworth´s case|
|Heynckes reaches record 500th Bundesliga win|
|Bournemouth 4 Huddersfield Town 0: Hat-trick hero Wilson stars for 10-man Cherries|
|Burnley 2 Swansea City 0: Old boy Cork stars as Dyche´s men win again|
|Liverpool 3 Southampton 0: Record-breaking Salah blows Saints away|
|Leicester City 0 Manchester City 2: Jesus & De Bruyne on target as Guardiola´s title tilt continues|
|West Brom 0 Chelsea 4: Hazard leads rampant champions in piling pressure on Pulis|
|Pumas finish strongly to see off Italy|
|They love the club - Wenger hopeful over Ozil, Sanchez deals|
|Bayern Munich 3 Augsburg 0: Lewandowski double sends leaders six points clear|
|Goffin stuns favourite Federer to reach London final|
|Wenger hails tenacious Ozil after derby delight|
|Lacazette and Sanchez are always dangerous - Ozil|
|Fleetwood revels in revival as Race to Dubai drama looms|
|Pochettino fumes over refereeing decisions after derby defeat|
|I´m happy at Juventus - Allegri rejects Italy speculation|
|Lamela returns from injury for Tottenham U23s|
|Paine could keep Australia Test spot for years, says Ponting|
|Arsenal 2 Tottenham 0: Ozil and Sanchez come up trumps for Wenger|
|Kimmich: Working with Guardiola was incredible|
|Rose pushes clear as Fleetwood finishes with a flourish|
|Hayne: Fiji slayed a giant|
|Bale thanks Coleman after Wales coach steps down|
|World Cup exit not a negative, insists Kiwis skipper Blair|
|Kane & Alli fit for Spurs at Arsenal, Lacazette starts|
|Sri Lanka close in on first-innings lead in Kolkata|
|Sydney leapfrog slapstick Jets at A-League summit|
|Hamilton: I learned nothing from Rosberg|
|Christensen guides the way for Loftus-Cheek & Abraham at Chelsea|
|Mertens: Sarri´s tactics give Napoli 12 men|
|Bayliss finds positives despite England´s toil|
|Aubameyang back in Dortmund fold pre-Spurs|
|Hafeez should give up bowling after third suspension – Akram|
|Moses heartbroken as Lebanon come up short|
|Fiji upset New Zealand in World Cup quarter-final|
|Marsh desperate to take Ashes chance|
|England struggle in draw against CA XI|
|Spurs erase 23-point deficit to beat Thunder|
|Tonga edge Lebanon to reach World Cup semis|
|Davis suffers concussion against Nuggets|
|Bosz laments ´ridiculous´ goals|
|Broncos GM Elway calls team ´soft´|
|Madrid have best kids stockpiled – Simeone|
|Guardiola backs Stones to get even better|
|Ibrahimovic will start with bench role, says Mourinho|
|Injections to play a friendly – Mourinho slams England over Jones handling|
|Chargers´ Rivers cleared to face Bills|
|Cook grabs RSM Classic lead|
|Nets PG Russell undergoes successful surgery|
|Championship Review: Sheffield United go top|
|Gloucester´s second-half surge stuns leaders Saracens|
|Schurrle: Dortmund couldn´t deal with Stuttgart counter-attacks|
|Conte laments Italy World Cup failure|
|Murray splits with coach Lendl|
|Hartley´s Toro Rosso deal will not affect Porsche status|
|Amiens 1 Monaco 1: Jovetic rescues point but champions give PSG boost|
|Dimitrov eager to keep momentum going after easy Carreno Busta win|
|Stuttgart 2 Borussia Dortmund 1: Bosz pressure builds after more Burki mishaps|
|Sunderland target Coleman steps down as Wales manager|
|Memorable Ashes Moments: Harmison sends down woeful opening wide as England´s defence wilts|
|Conte´s wife tells him to grow a beard – Conte grows a beard|
|Simeone rules out Everton job, promising ´a couple of years at least´ at Atletico|
|Pique to miss Barcelona´s Leganes trip over personal matter|
|Serena Williams reportedly marries Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans|
|UEFA closes Roma ´monkey chanting´ case|
|Swinson set to miss Six Nations after finger surgery|