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Mauricio Pochettino: BPL’s Manager of the Year

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Although Tottenham will probably not claim the title this season due to Leicester’s amazing performance, Mauricio Pochettino is, without a doubt, the best manager in the league.

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When Mauricio Pochettino decided to sign with Spurs in May 2014, the team had again failed to secure one of the Champions League’s spots that season, so the Argentinian had plenty of work to do to bring the team to the standards the chairman envisioned.

In his first season on the club’s bench, the 44-year-old coach helped Tottenham finish fifth in the standings and, last summer, he had the opportunity to make all the necessary changes in order to create a competitive squad that would be able to make a step forward and fight for the title.

Consequently, and in association with Paul Mitchell, many players, such as Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul, Lewis Holtby, Benjamin Stambouli and Paulinho were let go, as they couldn’t adapt to the manager’s playing style.

At the same time he helped young players, like Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier reach their peak and play at very high standards.

Harry Kane has been the team’s top goal scorer for the past two seasons, while Dele Alli has showed impressive intelligence and technical quality since arriving.

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Alli has been tremendous so far, while he became the youngest player that scores 10 or more goals in a single season and the only one who is in double figures in goals and assists.

For his part, Christian Eriksen is second in the EPL’s assist list with 11, while Erik Lamela having dramatically enhanced his overall performance, thanks to his relentless pressing and effective passing.

Another key player is Moussa Dembele, who has been transformed into a player that can offer decent solutions both defensively and offensively, while also pressing his opponents quickly.

But Pochettino’s biggest acquisition certainly was Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian has put in a series of excellent performances throughout the year, having not conceded a foul for 600 minutes (until the game against Stoke City) and being solid and consistent as a centre-back.

Moreover, he has created a solid partnership with Jan Vertonghen, with no other Premier League side having two centre-backs so comfortable outside the width of the penalty box or in possession.

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None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for Pochettino. His work ethic and tactics have let Tottenham acquire a very productive playing style, based on their efficiency in regaining possession and pressing intensely.

Moreover, he has made his players believe that the key elements, which will let his squad fight for the title, are the fighting and team spirit as well as the dedication and concentration to the plan.

Through a 4-2-3-1 system, the players are accustomed to playing different roles, having adapted really well to that change, as the side thrives both defensively and offensively (having the best offence and defence, respectively), thanks to its limitless energy and solid structure.

Tottenham’s elimination from the Europa League has helped the Argentinian manager work more with his team on the training ground, as he is also able to limit the rotation and create a more consistent starting XI.

He’s also managed to build a great and strong relationship with his players, based on trust and mutual respect, so they are playing not only to win the game, but also for their manager. And that is Pochettino’s biggest accomplishment as Tottenham’s manager.

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Pochettino’s great job on the team’s bench can lead the Spurs to their first title since 1961, despite their seven-point deficit to league leaders Leicester City.

“In football all can happen and we need to be there. If Leicester fail we need to be there. That’s what we are trying to do, put the pressure on Leicester,” he said.

One way or another, and although there have already been rumours that Paris-Saint Germain will try to hire him in the summer, it will be vital for the club to keep Pochettino on the team’s bench in order to get the job done and lead the club to the coveted title.

Because, with Mauricio Pochettino as the manager and the age of Spurs’ key players suggesting they’ll improve too, the club will certainly start the new season as a true title contender.

 

*Images from: www.skysports.com, www.espnfc.com, www.mirror.co.uk, www.telegraph.co.uk

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