Category: mauricio pochettino

The world of Spurs fans turned on its head in 12 hours as manager Mauricio Pochettino was surprisingly sacked and Jose Mourinho was brought in quickly to replace him!

Much has been made of the poor form of Spurs in 2019 (apart from the Champions League run) and Pochettino ultimately paid the price. Certainly, the under-performance of individuals and the collective resulted in unfavourable results that have left Spurs languishing in 14th place. 

However, many believed that Pochettino had enough goodwill in the bank to deserve at least the rest of the season to turn things around. They were wrong. One suspects that chairman Daniel Levy was already putting this plan together some time ago, maybe around the time of the Bayern Munich humiliation and the collapse on the South Coast that followed. 

The speed of Mourinho’s appointment bears out this theory. However unjust Pochettino’s sacking was (and it was), as mere spectators, Spurs fans cannot do anything about the situation but wish the magic man all the best in his future endeavours. No doubt, our loss will be another club’s gain. Pochettino gave us an amazing five years and for that we will always be grateful. 

Now, even if you subscribe to the theory that Pochettino had taken Spurs as far as he could, the question now arises – is Jose Mourinho the man to take Spurs to the next level i.e. winning trophies?

Granted, Mourinho has an excellent managerial record – winning trophies at every major club he has overseen. Considering Spurs’ tight financial constraints, will Mourinho be able to replicate his success at FC Porto, when his resources were similarly limited?

Detractors will argue that Mourinho is a manager in decline, his stint at Man United a less stellar one – despite winning the League Cup and Europa League in his first season. Like Man United fans, Mourinho’s tactics – built on defensive strength and lack of possession – will not be popular with Spurs fans but will the prospect of trophies cure all ills? 

Once more, we must approach the season one match at a time. Certainly, all eyes will be on the London Stadium on Saturday, as Mourinho takes charge of his first game, against rivals West Ham United. Mourinho’s first lineup will no doubt be an indicator of where Mourinho defers from Pochettino and while personally, I am gutted at the manner in which Pochettino was shabbily treated, I will get behind the team, no matter who the head coach is. Wait and see. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

(via Mauricio Pochettino on defeat to Liverpool – YouTube)

“With 29 players in the squad it’s so important to rotate and keep them all motivated to play.” 

Huh? Clearly, this is not working with Christian Eriksen!?!?!?! 

Poch stubbornly insists on playing Eriksen despite the damage that is done to the team and the results reflect this. And what about the lack of game time for Lucas Moura?!?!?!? 

POOR. 

Poor Poch, his heart must be broken after that second half but still he tries his best to be positive. These players don’t deserve him! Support the manager!!

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

(via PRESS CONFERENCE | MAURICIO POCHETTINO PRE-SOUTHAMPTON – YouTube)

Straight talk from Poch. Support the manager!

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

(via INTERVIEW | MAURICIO POCHETTINO ON OLYMPIACOS DRAW | Olympiacos 2-2 Spurs – YouTube)

As always, Pochettino is very even-handed in his comments. Recognising how badly the team played but understanding that it’s still early in the season and there is still time to get things right. 

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Yes, I did say in the preview that a draw would be a good result. But when the whistle blew to end yet another North London Derby, the pervading feeling I had was that it was two points lost rather than a point gained. 

Sure, defensively Spurs were at times all over the place. Davinson Sanchez at right back must never be an option in the future, because the lad had a nightmare out there on the right flank. Not really his fault because he’s NOT a right back at all. Fact that Mauricio Pochettino refused to play Serge Aurier (who was on the bench) anytime during the match speaks volumes.

On the plus side, Spurs looked dangerous every single time they attacked and in the first 40 minutes that offensive penetration paid handsome dividends with a two goal lead. 

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A flowing move found Leno pushing a Erik Lamela shot into the path of Christian Eriksen who gleefully prodded home after 10 minutes. Arsenal were frankly shell-shocked. 

Half an hour later from an Eriksen free-kick, Harry Winks – who had an excellent game – turned Maitland-Niles inside out & found Son Heung-Min in the box, Xhaka panicked and cleaned out Sonny with an awful tackle. 

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Harry Kane converted the penalty with his usual aplomb. Joint top scorer in this fixture now with 10 goals! Spurs in control!

Spurs were cruising but then handed Arsenal the initiative with a string of defensive errors from Danny Rose to Sanchez resulting in a Lacazette stoppage time goal which could have been easily avoided. Sigh. It looked odds on that like last season, Arsenal would go on in the second half to win this. 

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However, they found captain Hugo Lloris in determined mood and the French keeper did his best to deny Arsenal numerous times. However, with nineteen minutes left, Guendozi was given the freedom of the park by Spurs and slipped in Aubameyang between Jan Vertonghen and Rose to draw level. 

Suddenly, as if awoken from slumber, Spurs actually looked the more likely in those final minutes with Dele and Lo Celso on and providing attacking intent. Kane was denied a clear penalty – like in the Newcastle game last week – and Moussa Sissoko again found himself in an excellent goal-scoring position (remember Liverpool at Anfield last season?) with the predictable result. Sigh. 

It was important not to lose this game. Not least for the fact that the media would have spun even more shit about how unhappy Pochettino is with Daniel Levy and the club. Pure fantasy! Remember that Spurs were short of several key players and from that perspective, the performance – minus the individual defensive errors – showed promise for the season ahead. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

(via Mauricio Pochettino Full Pre-Match Press Conference – Arsenal v Tottenham – Premier League – YouTube)

Poch in a much better mood, by all accounts. 

Making fun of the stupid rumours of his leaving, shutting down a journalist’s criticism of Davinson Sanchez and joking about wanting to kick Paul Merson! 

He’s magic, you know!

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

(via Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle – Mauricio Pochettino Full Post Match Press Conference – Premier League – YouTube)

Honest responses from Mauricio Pochettino in the wake of the disappointing home loss to Newcastle. 

(via Man City 2-2 Tottenham – Mauricio Pochettino Full Post Match Press Conference – Premier League – YouTube)

Pochettino clearly unhappy with his ‘unsettled’ squad – a reference to Eriksen’s situation. 

But Poch makes an excellent point about it being unfair to compared Citeh and Spurs, with the former’s financial resources. In that light, this is a massive point.

Regarding VAR, Poch has changed his position – his team has benefited in key decisions – but if the decision was against Spurs? We shall see…  

Also, ridiculous for media to ask managers about what will happen in the future (regarding uncertainty in the squad). Nobody can predict the future, it’s just an opinion, which will be meaningless. But well, y’know media idiots as usual. 

(via FULL Press Conference – Tottenham vs Aston Villa – Maurcio Pochettino – YouTube)

“I am so happy”

As always, Pochettino is very candid about his thoughts & feelings ahead of Spurs’ opening game against newly-promoted Aston Villa. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!