5 months ago, Tottenham Hotspur had reached a Champions League Final. A turbulent Premier League season with 13 losses was all forgotten with a magical European campaign, just 90 minutes short from football’s most sort after trophy. That night in Amsterdam, breathtaking for the white of North London. But this season has been nothing short of a disaster so far.
Mauricio Pochettino is widely regarded as one of the best managers in world football today. Yes the lack of silverware does make him subject of banter on football Twitter, but his achievements at Spurs are nothing short of remarkable. Transforming a spineless and disjointed Tottenham side, ripped apart by Gareth Bale’s departure into a consistent Top 4 finishing team deserves plaudits. Developing the likes of Harry Kane, Delle Alli, Harry Winks also often goes unnoticed. But is this the end for the Argentine’s time with Spurs?
Whispers of his departure from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have been going on a for a while now. Links to Real Madrid and Manchester United, two colossal clubs in dire need of rebuilds are only getting stronger as days goes by. Even a return to former club Paris Saint Germain is reportedly an option. If any manager in world football deserves an elite level job (no offence Tottenham fans), it’s Pochettino. He’s managed to get the best out of scraps at Southampton and Spurs, the man deserves a big transfer budget.
“To win in these circumstances this season, maybe I need to think about maybe doing something different in the future,”Pochettino prior to the Champions League final
So why is a move in the summer looking imminent for Poch? Well, his side are 9th in the table. The players look lethargic, uninterested and various reports have suggested falling outs in the dressing room. Vertonghen and Eriksen especially, it doesn’t sound good. Not to mention conceding 10 goals in a week, 7 against Bayern at home and 3 against Brighton. It all seems to be falling apart at Tottenham, perhaps it’s a sign of the end of the Pochettino era.
The alarm bells have been ringing for a while though. As mentioned earlier, the Champions League fairy tale did paper over the cracks last season. 16 losses in a calendar year and failing to win an away game since January is shocking. A bit of Lucas Moura magic and VAR though managed to make Poch’s worst season at Spurs in fact his most successful. Football’s a weird game.
Many highs, many lows and sadly not much to show for it. But the Mauricio Pochettino himself has a lot to be proud of, if he departs in the summer. He’s a genius at getting the best out of what he has, so with a blank cheque book, his next side could be a massive force to be reckoned with.
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