Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has received many plaudits and tasted the high of many big game victories since his arrival at White Hart Lane in May 2014.
However it is hard to think of the Argentine coach experiencing a better week than the one that has just passed; his vibrant Spurs side recorded 2 wins and a draw with each performance sending out a statement in its own way.
The week began with Poch’s side narrowly overcoming Bournemouth 1-0. It was by no means a top-class showing, but, importantly, what it did do, was finally kill the notion of Spurs suffering from a Wembley hoodoo.
Wednesday saw the North London side travel to Spain to take on the mighty Real Madrid at The Bernabeu. Pochettino demonstrated his faith in the ability of his players and in his own philosophy by picking an attacking line up, which was handsomely rewarded with an impressive 1-1 draw.
Spurs were the first Premier League side in living memory to go to The Bernabeu and go toe-to-toe with the reigning Champions League holders. The performance very much felt like a statement that Poch’s young side are ready to take their place at the table of Europe’s elite.
Borrussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw away to Apoel Nicosia also pretty much guarantees Spurs’ progress to the knockout stages of the competition,increasing the merits of the point gained in the Spanish capital.
Then came yesterday’s 4-1 trashing of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Another superb performance that emphatically announced that the Premier League title race will not be an all Manchester affair.
Since Pochettino’s appointment as Spurs manager he has taken them from top-four hopefuls to Premier League title contenders. The fact he has done so with a considerably lower net-spend then any other top-six club is a testament to his ability as a coach.
Simply put the North London club now have a special coach, a special group of players and are about to move into a special new stadium. Unless you were around in the 1960’s this is the best Spurs side most of us have ever seen and nobody deserves more credit for their rise than their brilliant coach Mauricio Pochettino.
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