Pochettino’s rise to prominence, signals end of Wenger era?
On 27th May 2014, Tottenham Hotspur announced the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as their Manager for the season ahead, replacing Tim Sherwood. The Argentine was appointed following his impressive spell with English side Southampton United, leading the saints to their highest ever finish in the top flight of English league.
Fast forward three seasons, the North London side is enjoying a fantasy ride in the top half premier league table. Spurs has improved their league table finishes steadily after each season under his tenure. In Pochettino’s first season with the new employers, he guided the team towards 5th place finish. Spurs ensured Champions League qualification by finishing third in the following season under the Argentine. The North Londoners likely to end the 2016-17 season with a runners-up badge and with a finish above their arch rivals Arsenal.
The former Espanyol manager has worked wonders with some raw talents and churned them into world class talents. His vast football knowledge and a big array of strategies have transformed Tottenham into to a genuine title contender. His managerial skills have been rewarded with a new contract, which will keep him in North London till 2021.
His impressive style of play and tactics have won many admirers around the globe. In fact, many footballing giants are following him for his signature. In the recent Interview, Pochettino rubbished rumours regarding his future with the club and cemented commitment to the club for the years to come.
Pochettino favours 4-2-3-1 formation with a very high pressing attacking style of football. His emphasis is on building a team of quick players with excellent stamina. He focuses on playing out from the back and pressing opponents in the high areas of the pitch.
The Argentine has ended a 22-year-old dominance of fellow city rivals over them in epic fashion. He gave the fans a new song to chant by spoiling St.Tottenringhans day celebrations for the first time.
Does his rise to prominence signals the end of Wenger era? We will find out the answer in the years to come. A new battle is brewing in North London, one to watch out for.