Mauricio Pochettino: the making of Tottenham Hotspur
We think we can all agree on the fact that one word sums up Tottenham Hotspur in the past and that is “bottlejobs”. The same old end-of-season collapse reared its ugly little head year after year undoing the fruits of their tremendous labour, one desperately poor result at a time. While their domestic trend has not changed this year, again falling short in the league despite being considered outside favourites at one point in the season, their progress in Europe has been something to behold. And it is all thanks to one man, Pochettino.
We all knew the Argentine was going to be a bit special when he inherited a relatively weak Southampton side fresh from Championship promotion and turned them into orchestrators of the beautiful game within a year.
Spurs have a knack for spotting potential in players and things are no different when it comes to staff recruitment. Pochettino had only coached at La Liga side Espanyol prior to his spell on the south coast, and his pedigree didn’t exactly scream top four messiah. But like a duck to water, the command of English football came so easily to him and with a relatively limited pot of money and the turbulence of two stadium moves, Pochettino has turned a faltering Spurs side into genuine contenders.
Domestically speaking, Pochettino still hasn’t done enough to lift them away from their end-of-season lull (he’s great, yes, but even for the best that task is impossible). Europe has been extremely kind to them however, and in a more decisiveness manner than our nation’s Brexit negotiations, Pochettino has set about taking points from Barcelona and Inter Milan before dispatching Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in the proceeding rounds.
The word exciting just about sums the Argentine. Not only does he demand the highest calibre of attacking and defensive football (Spurs, so often, have one of the best records in the league) but he also has a knack for masterminding shock results with the most limited of resources, whether that be due to injury or weak market investment.
Give this man money and we dare say Spurs will be up there with Liverpool and Manchester City.
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